Motion against same-sex marriage to be reconsidered at Anglican summit


It is believed that significant changes will be made to a document which will call on Anglican bishops around the world to oppose same-sex marriage at a key conference.

A spokeswoman for this week’s Lambeth conference, which takes place once every decade, said there would be a revised text of the draft “call” on marriage that had sparked outrage.

In the “calls,” which resembled actions at the conference, 650 bishops and archbishops from around the world were asked to consider endorsing a position that “upholds marriage between a man and a woman.” .

The draft call on human dignity also states that it cannot be advised to “validate or bless same-sex unions” and that “it is the view of the Anglican Communion as a whole that same-sex marriage is not valid”. “.

Since the draft calls were published last week, there has been anger, frustration and frustration among many Anglicans.

A few calls are believed to have been changed but the one on “human dignity” has sparked the most debate and could see significant changes.

Earlier this week the bishops of the Church in Wales said the draft text “undermines, rather than affirms, the dignity of an integral part of our community.”

He added: “Recognizing that some provinces may want to reaffirm the historical understanding of marriage, we want to assure our LGBT+ sisters and brothers in Christ that we are committed to our commitment to their equal place in the Church. Will work to amend this passage to more adequately reflect the understanding.”

Andrew Nunn, dean of Southwark, said: “What really angers me is not the homophobia in all of this, sadly I am used to it.

“What gets me is the disgusting way ‘the church’, whatever that is, shows such a lack of openness, transparency and honesty with the rest of us who are church. “

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“None of this was mentioned in the General Send,” he said, “and he’s still looking forward to the open conversations we’re all invited to have about the topics of sexuality and sexuality.” Understanding each other will help to move forward. “Committed Relationships”

A group of senior Anglicans has also written to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who is president of the conference, to express their “serious concern” about the call and its implications to Church of England archbishops and bishops. Took

The Lambeth Conference of Anglican Bishops from around the world will continue in Canterbury until August 8.

It is being held at a time when there is deep diversity of opinion around the world and the conference is seen as an attempt, once in a decade, to bring people together to listen and find some common ground. .

Many Anglican churches have a traditional view of marriage, but there are also a growing number of liberal churches that have embraced same-sex marriage.

It seems that as the event is being held in a spirit of listening and the bishops, especially from those liberal provinces, have made their views very clear in recent days, the conference has been forced to listen and respond. Is.

Bishop Tim Thornton, chairman of the Lambeth Calls subgroup, said in a statement: “In recent days we have listened carefully to the Bishops’ responses to the Lambeth Calls: Guidance and Study document released last week and in particular In connection with the draft call, on human dignity.

“The drafting group for the call on human dignity will make some modifications to the call.

“It will be published as part of the Lambeth Calls which will be the texts discussed by the bishops at the conference.”

He added that details of the changes were yet to be made available but that bishops would now be given the option to “clearly state their opposition to a particular call” when it is discussed at the conference.