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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.

England – the gay issue

Posted by Fr Mark on August 14, 2009

Arms-portsmouthBritain’s first married gay clergy?




From PinkNews 02.05.06:three_lions


A gay couple have become the first clergymen to have a civil partnership in Britain.

Paul and Brizz Miles-Knight, a layman and a priest, had a ceremony on the bank holiday weekend, with the backing of the United Episcopal Church, set up for those who have lost faith with Roman Catholicism and Anglicanism.

The Portsmouth based ministers met on the internet. Paul, 40, was in a broken down marriage when he met his partner, Brizz, 33.

Brizz, a former Anglican, told the Portsmouth News, “We believe society has moved on hugely from the days where people took the Bible literally, banning homosexuality and advocating stoning adulterers to death.

“As clergymen, Paul and I love each other and wanted to show the world with this civil partnership.”

Their ceremony was witnessed by 20 friends and family.


Their church, Holy Angels, Old Portsmouth, is at:


And the home page of their denomination, The Ecumenical Christian Church (UK):

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