San Diego to Allow Same-sex Blessings

The Diocese of San Diego has joined several other dioceses ”” including Massachusetts, Southeast Florida and Southern Ohio ”” that have decided since General Convention 2009 to allow some form of public blessings for same-sex couples.

The decision by the Rt. Rev. James Robert Mathes, Bishop of San Diego, reflects the recommendations of the diocese’s Holiness in Relationships Task Force Report [PDF].

“My approach on this matter, and several other things, is to be in conversation with the community,” Bishop Mathes told The Living Church.

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9 comments on “San Diego to Allow Same-sex Blessings

  1. Intercessor says:

    Bishop Mathes sent a letter to all clergy in the Diocese saying he will permit the blessing of same-gender relationships in churches in this Diocese, under certain conditions,”

    First of all the tithe check has GOT to clear….

  2. Ralph says:

    Moratorium? What moratorium? There ain’t no moratorium. When the ACNA folk and those meddling African bishops started their border crossings, that changed everything. It’s their fault, really.

    Windsor Report? Lambeth 1.10? All ancient history, no more relevant than the prohibition on wearing fabric blends.

    Anathema! Again. Another bishop falls, renouncing his orders by his actions, and taking priests of the Church down with him. (Remember, the traditores of the Donatist controversy were repentant.)

    I think I’m going to start calling myself the Anglican Donatist.

  3. tjmcmahon says:

    Now Ralph, as you yourself point out, until they repent of their heresies, we cannot be Donatists, even if we want to be.

  4. driver8 says:

    If all he was really doing was being “in conversation”, our church would be in a very different place. Being “in conversation” sounds so much better than determinedly walking one’s own way but, of course, it’s the reality that matters not the words.

  5. Hakkatan says:

    San Diego was once a center of renewal in the Episcopal Church, and as recently as Bp Hughes was supportive of biblical faith. Now, however, it has been assimilated into the mindless maw of modernity.

  6. AnglicanFirst says:

    The Diocese of San Diego, by this action, is opting to leave the Anglican Communion because it is episcopally permitting sin to be blessed.

    That is, there are members of the Anglican Communion, probably a numerical majority including national churches, dioceses, parishes and individuals, who will consider themselves ‘out of communion’ with this diocese because of its blessings of physically consumated same-sex relationships.

  7. tired says:

    ““My approach on this matter, and several other things, is to be in conversation with the community,” Bishop Mathes told The Living Church.

    So in TEC, the phrase ‘conversation with the community’ means ‘the wholesale-adoption-of-unbiblical-practices-without-hesitation.’ Is there anyone left in DioSD that still believes this guy?


  8. rwkachur says:

    Dog Bites Man….

  9. New Reformation Advocate says:

    I heartily agree with driver8 (#4) and Hakkatan (#5).

    Will Rio Grande now become the next formerly conservative diocese to follow the example of Colorado and San Diego (etc.) in drifting with the cultural currents right over the waterfall?

    David Handy+