At the 15th Lambeth Conference in Canterbury this week, a document endorsing same-sex relationships was approved by only two Church of Ireland bishops.
The Lambeth Conference, usually held every 10 years, is attended by bishops from around the world’s Anglican Communion, including those of the Church of Ireland.
Currently 10 of the 11 Church of Ireland bishops are in attendance, as the recently elected Bishop of Cashel, Adrian Wilkinson, has yet to be installed.
affirming that “we believe that LGBT+ people are a precious part of God’s creation” and “recognizing that many LGBT+ people have historically been wounded by the Church” and “of their love Affirming holiness wherever it is found in committed relationships,” the signatory bishops pledged to “work with our brothers and sisters in communion to listen to their stories and understand their contexts, which are very are different.”
They will “never back down from tackling discrimination and prejudice against different sexes and gender identities.”
The two Meczyki bishops who signed the document were the Bishops of Tuam, Limerick and Killui Michael Burroughs and the Bishops of Cork, Clooney and Ross Paul Colton. The nearly 110 bishops who have signed the document to date include five other primates. The Scottish Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church in Wales, the Church of Canada, the Anglican Church in Brazil, and the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.
About 650 Anglican bishops are attending the conference, representing 42 provinces and 85 million people in the Anglican Communion worldwide. Absent are the primates of Nigeria, Rwanda and Uganda, who together represent about 30 million Anglicans, are boycotting the conference, as they did at the last Lambeth conference in 2008. The man Jean Robinson was ordained as a bishop of the American Diocese. of New Hampshire.
Addressing a same-sex conference earlier this week, the leader of Anglicans worldwide and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, reaffirmed the church’s 1998 declaration that same-sex relationships are ‘not consistent with Scripture. keep’
But he also said he would not take the power to discipline or excommunicate churches – including those in Scotland, Wales and the US – that perform or bless same-sex weddings.
He noted how “for the vast majority of the Anglican Communion the traditional understanding of marriage is something that is understood, accepted and accepted without question, not only by bishops but by their whole Church, and societies. For them, it is unthinkable to question this teaching, and in many countries the church will be ridiculed, scorned, and even attacked. Challenges.
He continued, “For a minority, we can almost say the same. They have not come lightly to their views that traditional teaching needs to be changed. They are not unscriptural. They do not reject Christ. But they have come to a different view of sexuality after long prayer, deep study, and reflection on their understanding of human nature. For them, it is unthinkable to question this different teaching, and in many countries the Church are being ridiculed, scorned and even attacked for these churches no Changing traditional education challenges their existence.
However, he said, there would be no attempt to “change the historical teaching of the majority of churches in the Anglican Communion”. He advised: “Let’s not treat each other lightly or carelessly. We are deeply divided. Which will not end soon. We are called by Christ Himself to both truth and unity.