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Fr Mark's progressive Anglo-Catholic take on European Christianity

  • This is my collection of material about the current state of the churches in Europe. I am interested in looking at how they are dealing with the pressing issues of our time: the issues of gay people and women in ministry/ leadership are particularly pressing at the moment, as is the area of declining church attendance.

    I would like to see how Europe's traditional religious institutions are coping with the new Europe currently being forged, in which public opinion and ethical attitudes are becoming inceasingly pan-European, and are evidently presenting a series of strong challenges for the churches.

Scotland – the gay issue

Posted by Fr Mark on August 13, 2009

tribeofdan02church-of-scotland-emblemEvangelicals Alarmed as Kirk Allows Civil Partnership Blessings

 

From ChrstianToday, 25.05.06:

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/evangelicals.alarmed.as.kirk.allows.civil.partnership.blessings/6363.htm

 

The Scottish Evangelical Alliance has expressed its dismay at reports that the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly has voted to allow ministers to conduct blessing ceremonies for same-sex civil partnerships.

by Daniel Blake
Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2006, 18:48 (BST)
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The Scottish Evangelical Alliance has expressed its dismay at reports that the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly has voted to allow ministers to conduct blessing ceremonies for same-sex civil partnerships.

The extremely controversial decision means that the Church of Scotland may become the first major denomination in Britain to bless gay “marriages” after agreeing that individual ministers should be free to decide on the issue. 

Scotland’s national church considered the issue of civil partnerships in a legal questions session at its General Assembly, which is taking place all this week.

In a divisive vote, which a large number of ministers had threatened to resign over, 322 votes to 314 supported offering individual laymen freedom to bless civil partnerships.

The General Assembly agreed that although a final decision would not be made until next year, “a minister or deacon who conducts any service marking a civil partnership does not commit a disciplinary offence.

“No minister or deacon shall be compelled or obliged to conduct such a service against his or her conscience.

“Where a minister or deacon officiating at such service has been approached by the parties in the first instance, or where a minister or deacon so approached officiates in circumstances where the parish minister has declined to officiate, such minister or deacon shall not be deemed to have intruded upon the sphere of ministry of a parish minister.”

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