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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 18, 2009

marianneFrench Wikipedia reports that in 2000, a number of pastors and lay readers in the French Reformed Church circulated a document announcing their commitment to blessing people entering a PACS (French civil partnership).


En 2000, une pétition a circulé dans l’ERF dans laquelle une quinzaine de pasteur(e)s (sur 490) et nombre de prédicateurs laïcs (une quinzaine sur 100) s’engageaient à bénir tout couple titulaire d’un PACS en bonne et due forme


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