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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.

Norway – the gay issue

Posted by Fr Mark on August 15, 2009

200PX-~1262px-Coat_of_Arms_of_Norway_svgClergy won’t wait on homosexual marriage






From, 03.10.07:

Several Norwegian clergymen say they will defy the church and begin to carry out homosexual marriage ceremonies already this autumn.

Sluggish church bureaucracy could mean a wait of several years before the emergence of an approved gender-neutral wedding service.

Nils Jøran Riedl, chaplain at the Norwegian School of Management, told newspaper Dagsavisen that many ministers will defy the church by beginning to carry out gay marriages now.

“There will be a certain amount of civil disobedience. I want to start wedding homosexuals as soon as a new Marriage Act is in place,” Riedl told the newspaper.

Riedl said that their right to marry couples carried the legal right to carry out such ceremonies before a liturgy is in place. Riedl lives in a registered same-sex partnership and has long fought for equal rights for homosexuals in the church.

Other clergymen interviewed by Dagsavisen agreed that they would carry out such ceremonies before a formal liturgy was approved.

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