Well according to the Guardian, the Church of England is to allow civil partnerships. Of course, this would be big big news as many clergy, I would guess a majority, would disagree with this measure. But it seems to me as if people are now starting to put civil partnerships and gay rights in the news for the sake of it. I for one am sick of commenting on it… but what can you do when your blog is to provide (at least in part) personal commentary on what’s going on in the world! The reason I say all this is because the whole article (which you can read here) says that the Church will allow civil partnerships… if the Synod agrees.
Yes, that’s right. Only if the policy making body of the church agrees will civil partnerships be allowed in church. This throws a spanner in the works for the Guardian, because, for one, many oppose such a notion. And two, there aren’t, as far as I’m aware, any specific motions that bring this subject up for when the Synod meets next month.
In fact, the CoE has confirmed that civil partnerships will not be allowed in the Church.
Very confusing if you ask me. Whilst the Guardian have made an excellent headline, which tells readers of how the Anglican Church make decisions, they’ve led people astray like lost sheep into thinking that the Synod is talking about it. The truth of the matter is that there is nothing in this domain to report on.
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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