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UK: One Third of Church of England Bishops Gay?

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

England ChurchAn Anglican with the Church of England claims a huge percentage of the church’s Bishops are gay.

Queerty reports:

Same-sex marriage is set to kick into gear on March 29th in England and Wales, and it’s stirring conversation on both sides of the issue. Religious leaders are for the most part doing what they do best — staunchly opposing progress. But it looks like the Church of England may be even more hypocritical than usual when it comes to gays tying the knot. According to one Anglican clergyman’s account on The Daily Beast, at least 14 of the church’s 42 Bishops — one third — are gay, though none have publicly come out.

Wow. I’d love to see the same statistics for the Catholic hierarchy!

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Norway: Majority of Bishops Favor Same-Sex Marriages in Churches

Friday, October 18th, 2013

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The Church of Norway is inching closer to allowing same-sex wedding ceremonies in its churches.

Gay Star News reports:

8 out of 12 Church of Norway bishops indicated their support for marrying same-sex couples within the church, while 4 were opposed. 8 out of 12 bishops indicated church blessings for civilly wed same-sex couples could also be acceptable, while 4 were adamant that same-sex religious marriage was the only acceptable way of accommodating same-sex couples. However the Church of Norway will not decide the issue until its next synod in April next year.

Norway has had full marriage equality since 2009.

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Ireland: Catholic Bishops Won’t Conduct Any Weddings if Marriage Equality Legalized

Monday, April 1st, 2013

irelandJust as they’ve done with adoption services in states that have legalized adoption for gays and lesbians, the Catholic Church in Ireland is threatening to gather up all their marriage marbles and go home if they don’t win. Gay Star News reports:

The Irish Bishops Conference (IBC) issued a stern warning to Ireland’s government not to legalize gay marriage or else the Catholic Church will no longer work with the state in solemnizing marriages… The warning was submitted by the IBC to Ireland’s Constitutional Convention, which is considering the issue of gay marriage. The bishops’ stance would affect the thousands of weddings that take place in churches every year.

Although they have used this tactic before with adoption, as far as I know this is the first time they’ve tried it with weddings. In every other country that has passed marriage equality, I don’t remember hearing about how the Catholic Church walked away from matrimony.

It’s clearly a scare tactic aimed at their congregants, many of whom still hold the church responsible for the massive child abuse scandal that drove parishioners away from the Church in waves. Given that, I’m not sure this new move is going to have the effect they hope for.

France: Pope Calls Same Sex Marriages “Defective”

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

France: Pope Calls Same Sex Marriages "Defective"Taking off his mitre and putting on his engineer’s cap for a moment, Pope Benedict XVI yesterday deemed same-sex marriages “defective” during a speech before French bishops.

The Pope’s remarks come as French politicians debate potential legalization of marriage equality, and clearly the Pope wants his Franco peers to use their religious influence to keep the status quo.

“The family is threatened by a conception of human nature that is proven to be defective,” said the leader of the Catholic Church. “Defending the family and life in society is prophetic and anything but regressive. Marriage and the family are institutions that must be promoted and defended from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature, since whatever is harmful to them will in fact be injurious to society itself.”

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United Kingdom: Bishops Say Church of England Leadership Doesn’t Speak for Rank-and-File on Marriage Equality

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Two Bishops Say Church of England Leadership Doesn't Speak for Rank-and-File on Marriage EqualityTwo bishops in the Church of England have spoken out publicly against the faith’s public opposition to marriage equality for gay couples, with one describing a “sea change” in opinion within the Church.

Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham and Tim Ellis, Bishop of Grantham, have separately criticised the Church’s response to the government’s public consultation on marriage equality, which closed a fortnight ago.

They questioned whether a House of Bishops-approved Church of England statement strongly opposing marriage equality represented the views of Church members and clergy.

Full Story from Pink News

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Sister Gramick: How The Bishops Are Wrong On Marriage Equality

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

TNR recently profiled Sister Gramick and we’re honored to have her voice on the Dish all this week.


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UK: Catholic Bishops Mislead Faithful on Marriage Equality Plans

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Catholic Bishops and UK Marriage EqualityCatholic Archbishops, Vincent Nichols and Peter Smith, are guilty of misleading the faithful – either deliberately or by careless omission. Last Sunday, they instructed every Catholic parish priest in England and Wales to read out a letter to the congregations of 2,500 Catholic churches.

The Pastoral Letter On Marriage, signed by the archbishops, opposed government plans to legalise same-sex marriage; suggesting that it was the moral “duty” of all Catholics to fight plans for marriage equality.

Mischievously, their letter did not make it clear that the government was proposing to allow gay couples to marry only in a civil ceremony in a register office – not in places of worship. Whether by intention or default, the fact that churches would not be forced to conduct same-sex marriages was not made clear.

Full Story from Pink News

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No Surprise: Pope Condemns Marriage Equality

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The VaticanPope Benedict XVI condemned gay marriage on Friday in a speech to bishops from the United States after the US state of Maryland last week became the eighth in the nation to legalise same-sex unions.

“Sexual differences cannot be dismissed as irrelevant to the definition of marriage,” the pope said, warning against “the powerful political and cultural currents seeking to alter the legal definition of marriage.”

“Marriage and the family are institutions that must be promoted and defended from every possible misrepresentation of their true nature,” he said. He also said bishops could not overlook “the serious pastoral problem presented by the widespread practice of cohabitation.”

Full Story from AFP

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Philippine Catholic Bishops Meet to Plot Anti Marriage Equality Strategy

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Philippine Catholic bishops will convene soon to map out a campaign to bolster Pope Benedict XVI’s stand against same-sex marriages.

“It is expected of us … to likewise oppose any plan to legalize same sex ‘marriage’ in this country,” said Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president Jose Palma in an article posted Wednesday night on the Union of Catholic Asian News website.

Full Story from GMA

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The announcement was made during the installation of new Capiz Archbishop Jose Advincula. Although there was no specified date for the meeting, he said the bishops will have to meet soon following Benedict XVI’s recent strong comments against gay unions.

UK: Church of England Bishops Call Gay Rights “Dangerous”

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Church of EnglandGay rights laws are eroding Christianity and stifling free speech, Church of England bishops warned yesterday. Senior clerics, including former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey, spoke out ahead of a High Court ‘clash of rights’ hearing over whether Christians are fit to foster or adopt children.

The test case starting today involves a couple who say they have been barred from fostering because they refuse to give up their religious belief that homosexuality is unacceptable. Supporters hope their legal challenge will set a precedent for the rights of Christians to foster children without compromising their faith.

But senior bishops fear that if the ruling goes against them, it could have devastating consequences for those with religious beliefs. Either way, they believe the case will determine whether Christians can continue to express their beliefs in this country.

Full Story from the Daily Mail

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