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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 September 24, 2009

b047a488-9317-4bd2-8406-4abd47654e2c~__HThe General Synod of the Church of Sweden is currently meeting in Uppsala. The Synod will decide whether to allow non-gender specific marriage in church, in the light of the recent change in Swedish law, which has abolished the category of civil partnerships (for which the Church of Sweden formerly provided a liturgy of blessing), converting all existing registered partnerships legally into civil marriages. The Archbishop and a majority of clergy are in favour of the change. Representatives of the Church of England’s bishops have sent a letter to the Archbishop of Sweden protesting at the proposed change. (Did they also protest at the ordination of women to the priesthood and later to the episcopate in Sweden years in advance of the Church of England, one wonders?)

Crown Princess Victoria attended the Opening Mass of the Synod.



One Response to “Sweden – the gay issue”

  1. john said

    Glad to see you back on line, Fr Mark, and on feisty form.

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