Sweden – the gay issue
Posted by Fr Mark on September 24, 2009
The 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.