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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.

Britain – the gay issue

Posted by Fr Mark on September 3, 2009

Scottish_Episcopal_Church_logotribeofdan02Scottish Church Endorses Gay Bishops





From SkyNews, 23.03.05:

The Scottish Episcopal church has declared that being gay is no bar to becoming a priest.The view differs from the Anglican Communion in other parts of the world, which is in turmoil over the consecration of gay US bishop Gene Robinson.

The College of Bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church said it had “never regarded the fact that someone was in a close relationship with a member of the same sex as in itself constituting a bar to the exercise of an ordained ministry”.

The statement was made on the church website in response to a February meeting of 35 top world Anglican leaders.

The Scottish bishops also said clergy on occasion responded to requests to give a blessing to same-sex couples.

It is believed to be the first time the Scottish church – which has 45,000 members – has publicly declared its position on gay clergy and blessings of homosexual couples.

Gay rights group Stonewall welcomed the Scottish church’s stance.

Spokesman Alan Wardle said: “We are not theologians but we welcome the sensible approach taken by the Scottish Episcopal Church.

“It strikes us as a real pity that the Anglican church has been tearing itself to pieces over what seems a relatively trivial issue when they could be tackling more pressing matters like world poverty or the Aids epidemic.”

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