Yeah, I was about to post that and more in praise of actual courage from the Church of England on the subject of gay marriage even.
But one must read between the lines when parsing statements from the Church of England. And after Giles Fraser does so, he seems pleased:
Rev Dr Giles Fraser, a leading liberal cleric, said that it was clear from the document that the Church’s stance had shifted even if the official policy had not.
“What this is saying is that you can bless civil partnerships as long as you don’t say that is what you are doing," he said.
“They are winking at people like me saying ‘be creative’ – it is a classic Anglican fudge.
“In effect what it is saying is you can do it as long as you don’t say that is what you are doing – call it something different, be as imaginative as you can.
“But the truth is this is how change happens in the Church of England.”
And if Giles Fraser is pleased . . .
*sigh* I really wanted to say something nice about the Church of England, too.
A hat tip to Stand Firm for ruining my post.