Church of England bishops have reportedly refused to support an amendment that would allow priests to marry same-sex couples.
According to the BBC, the bishops met on Tuesday to finalize the recommendations after five years of consultation and debate on the church’s position on sexuality.
The channel said it spoke to several bishops present at the meeting, who said the church’s teaching that sacred marriage is between a man and a woman only will not change and will not be up for a vote at next month’s general synod be asked.
Same-sex marriage has been legal in England and Wales since 2013, but the church did not change its doctrine when the law was changed.
The Church of England website says that while ministers cannot perform or bless same-sex marriages, “your local church is still there for you,” and people are welcome there to pray “or to ask us for you to pray”.
The decision not to support the change ahead of the synod puts the church at odds with the Church of Scotland, which voted at its general assembly in May to allow parish ministers and deacons to marry same-sex couples if they so wish .
In August, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby acknowledged that there were “deep divisions” within the church when he was criticized for reaffirming a 1998 Anglican declaration rejecting same-sex marriage.
Comedian and TV presenter Sandi Toksvig, who is gay, said the lives of LGBTQ+ people were “at stake” after the religious leader made a “horrible mistake” in reaffirming a resolution saying the Marriage is “between a man and a woman,” etc. Same-sex relationships are “inconsistent with Scripture.”
Mr Welby responded by saying that the Anglican Communion, to which the Church of England belongs, is a “complicated group of churches” with “profound differences in many areas”.
But he told the Lambeth Conference, a meeting of Anglican bishops held this summer, that he cannot and will not punish churches for conducting gay marriage.
In November, the Bishop of Oxford was the most senior minister to call for change when he said the church should allow same-sex marriage for both its congregation and its clergy.
The Rt. Rev. Steven Croft said he wanted to recognize the “acute pain and plight of LGBTQ+ people in the life of the church.”
In a lengthy essay, the bishop said he was sorry that the church was “so slow” to “make better decisions and practice on these matters” and apologized that his own views were “slowly changing”.
But the bishop also said clergymen must have the option of not opting into new arrangements, saying it should be recognized as a “legitimate and honorable position” for those who hold a “traditional view.” of marriage and human sexuality” want to maintain “.
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/church-of-england-to-refuse-to-back-change-to-allow-same-sex-marriages-42295251.html Church of England ‘refuses to support changes to allow same-sex marriage’