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COE working group proposes blessing same-sex couples

Timothy Kincaid

November 29th, 2013

The Church of England, fresh off a political campaign in which they sealed their inability to sanctify same-sex marriages, is now going to consider blessing the same unions they fought so hard not to officiate. (Mail)

Bishops should lift their official ban on ceremonies to mark civil partnerships and the relationships of gay and lesbian churchgoers, a long-awaited CofE report said.

It signalled an end to the Church’s longstanding insistence that gay relationships are sinful and less worthy than heterosexual marriage.

The report, written by former civil servant Sir Joseph Pilling and a team of senior churchmen and women, may now open the way for a reversal of the CofE’s opposition to same-sex marriage and the eventual appointment of actively homosexual priests and bishops.

The report appears to have the support of Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and may reflect the intent of the church to bring it’s rules in line with the reality that such blessings are already widely conducted.



November 30th, 2013 | LINK

Separate and not yet equal? No thank you. Full Body of Christ or nothing.

Ben in Oakland
December 1st, 2013 | LINK

For some reason, this little foray into holy hypocrisy bothers me far more than Cardinal Dolan’s “outmarketed” comment. its hard to tell where one may find the greater hypocrisy, the greater oiliness– before or after the passage of the marriage law.

The Church of England– just about all of the churches– have been wallowing in contradictions, ignorance, and hypocrisies like pigs in mud for centuries, especially around the subject of homosexuality. The government wanted to pass civil marriage equality.The COE fought tooth and nail against it. They did not wish to see the so-called sacrament of marriage defiled by the filthy sodomites, though they’ve never had much of a problem with divorce, and they did not want the filthy sodomites in their churches. The government accommodated them. The church was not deferred to, they were eliminated from the discussion entirely, which made them really pissed off. It’s one thing to be a player in the game, even if you lose. It’s quite another thing not to even be allowed in the game at all.

Let me give you a little playlet about what the Church did. This takes place in the Cathedral at Choke-on-Shaft, Little Shrewishbury.

“Welcome everybody. We are gathered here to bless this union between John and Tom, a union which we did EVERYTHING in our power to stop, and which only a year ago, we swore on a stack of bibles would destroy marriage, destroy the church, and destroy society and life as we know it. When we made this reviling, slanderous claim, we were quoting Corinthians 6:9-10, and completely failed to notice the irony. we churchmen have a problem with irony.

Annahooo, we lost that fight. Since we will bestow a blessing on a pet, a building, a business enterprise, or a tractor, and since we,re not entirely clueless about implications– and cash, don’t forget the cash– We guess we can bestow a blessing on these two filthy, defiling sodomites, because we still want to be relevant, and we know we are losing young people in droves.

And what is a blessing? Oh, God!!! The irony of it. it burns! A calling down of the power of God to shine his light on the object of the blessing. A message TO god about holiness, as if he didnt know already.

But we will not let them put their filthy sodomitical hands on marriage until the negative returns force us to, which apparently, they are doing already. Marriage was made holy by our six times married King Henry VIII, responsible for our very existence as a “church”, who changed his whores more often than he changed his underwear.

So, we WILL bless you, through our tightly clenched teeth and our more tightly clenched buttholes. Let us prey.”

Curtain down. applause for both the theatrics and their magnanimity.

Personally, I liked to better when they were honest. all they’ve done is convince me that Jesus was right: the Pharisees, the liars, and the hypocrites are running the religious show.

I can’t even claim to be particularly shocked.

December 1st, 2013 | LINK

Progress is progress, and in a way it makes sense that they’d be more comfortable starting down the path at their own pace now that they have legal reassurance they won’t be forced.

Ben in Oakland
December 1st, 2013 | LINK

I suppose you can call it progress, of a sort.

enough already
December 1st, 2013 | LINK

I think I’ll pass, thank you very much.
When I think of all the millions of dead, people who need not have died of this dread disease Aids yet did for the single reason that Christians such as the COE wanted them to suffer for their ‘sin’, I become furious.
This is not a good day for Christians to argue with me or tell me that they are now willing to ‘bless’ me despite my being a filthy deviant.

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