(Guardian) Archbishop of Canterbury signals end of C of E's resistance to same-sex Marriage

The Archbishop of Canterbury has signalled that the Church of England will mount no more resistance to gay marriage among churchgoers.

Gay marriage will be legalised from Saturday with dozens of ceremonies planned around the country for one minute past midnight. This passing of the legislation caused deep rifts within the church.

“I think the church has reacted by fully accepting that it’s the law, and should react on Saturday by continuing to demonstrate in word and action, the love of Christ for every human being.” Justin Welby told the Guardian.

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5 comments on “(Guardian) Archbishop of Canterbury signals end of C of E's resistance to same-sex Marriage

  1. driver8 says:

    It’s a fairly weak sauce kind of love that is so completely dislocated from any notion of the good.

    If you see someone about to step over the curb into the path of an oncoming car, it’s not loving to let them just go ahead, and it doesn’t become loving just because Parliament has voted to support it.

  2. Undergroundpewster says:

    This sounds like the “Church supported slavery because it was the law of the land” argument coming right back at ya.

  3. Br. Michael says:

    So what is sin is determined by what the secular state makes legal or illegal. Some church. How long do Christians want to be associated with this apostate excuse for a Christian church?

  4. driver8 says:

    To be fair, he’s not saying that the church’s teaching has altered. Though I do think that the bishop’s instruction to accept SSM amongst the laity did, in fact, shift the historic teaching of the church.

    I take it, he’s saying that the bishops are going to stop any public opposition to SSM. I do wonder how the bishops will proclaim the church’s theology of marriage at all then but then, being honest, I never heard a bishop outside General Synod or the House of Lords teach it anyway.

    So it seems they’re totally going to stop doing what they never much did.

    And they call such, demonstrating, “the love of Christ for every human being”.

  5. ember says:

    I respectfully disagree with comment #1 above. My brother and his husband have shared 15 years (so far) of a unity that exemplifies the full opposite of “a fairly weak sauce kind of love.” And rather than being “completely dislocated from any notion of the good,” they adopted a son nine months after changing the mind of a friend who called them on her way to an abortion clinic.