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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.

Sweden – the gay issue

Posted by Fr Mark on August 15, 2009

coat_of_arms251px-Svenska_kyrkan_vapen_svg“Swedish Church to join Stockholm Gay Pride parade”



From Worldwide Religious News, 02.08. 07: 

Stockholm, Sweden – The Swedish Lutheran Church will march for for the first time in the Gay Pride parade in Stockholm under the slogan “Love is stronger that everything”, the Church announced on Thursday.

“For the first time ever, the parade at the Pride festival will have a delegation from the Swedish Church,” it said in a statement.

The parade will go through the streets of the Swedish capital on Saturday.

The Church said the delegation would include about 30 people including two deans from the Stockholm and Uppsala cathedrals.

It said it also wanted to “break the masses’ big silence” regarding gays, bisexuals and transexuals.

“The Swedish Church is a Church open to everyone,” Uppsala priest Ann-Katrin Bosbach explained.

Sweden, already a pioneer in giving same-sex couples the right to adopt children, looks set to allow gays to marry in the Lutheran Church by introducing a new marriage law in January 2008.

If the so-called “gender neutral” marriage legislation is adopted, the Scandinavian country would become the first in the world to allow gays to marry within a major Church.

Stockholm Pride is Scandinavia’s largest Gay Pride celebration and last year 45,000 persons participated, according to its organizers.

Homosexuality was not legalized in Sweden until 1944.

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