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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.

France – the gay issue

Posted by Fr Mark on August 14, 2009

marianneThe Roman Catholic Bishop of Evreux in 1988 stated in a radio interview that he would be prepared to bless same-sex couples.



From the Wikipedia entry for Mgr Jacques Gaillot, Roman Catholic Bishop of Evreux:

En 1988, il défendit l’ordination des hommes mariés devant une séance privée de l’assemblée à Lourdes. En décembre, il donne une interview au mensuel Lui dans lequel il pose en tenue d’évêque dans la cathédrale d’Évreux. Le 25 décembre, il passe la soirée de Noël dans les studios de la radio Pacific FM au micro de laquelle il se déclare prêt à donner une bénédiction aux homosexuels qui en feraient la demande à l’occasion de leur union.

Le 2 février 1989, il publie dans l’hebdomadaire homosexuel Gai Pied, un article controversé intitulé « Être homosexuel et catholique ».


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