Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Archbishops of Canterbury and York Say Something

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have made a statement about *that* gay marriage, and I think it a good one:

We have heard the reports of the recent service in St Bartholomew the Great with very great concern. We cannot comment on the specific circumstances because they are the subject of an investigation launched by the Bishop of London.

On the general issue, however, the various reference points for the Church of England's approach to human sexuality (1987 Synod motion, 1991 Bishops' Statement- Issues in Human Sexuality- , Lambeth motion 1:10, House of Bishops' 2005 statement on civil partnerships) are well known and remain current.

Those clergy who disagree with the Church's teaching are at liberty to seek to persuade others within the Church of the reasons why they believe, in the light of Scripture, tradition and reason that it should be changed. But they are not at liberty simply to disregard it.

Of course, now the issue is whether there will be, not just words, but action. We’ll see.

Meanwhile, the officiant of *that* gay marriage, Dr. Martin Dudley, has explained himself in a way. And he cites . . . the Seventies. I am not kidding.

Did anything good come out of the Seventies? There’s a reason sane men no longer wear hip-hugging plaid bell-bottoms, you know.

1 comment:

TLF+ said...

But this is the kind of thing +++Rowan keeps seeing all over the place, yet he finds all "compliant" all the time.