More from the Church of Making Irony Redundant.
These guys never fail to amaze. They have an astonishingly complicated array of commission and conventions and meetings and votes… all for about 4 people. And those 4 are going to do what they want anyway.
Episcopalians Review a New Rite for Gay Unions
Episcopalians, gathering this week in Indianapolis for their triennial General Convention, are expected to overwhelmingly approve trial use of a new liturgy for blessing same-sex unions…
In 2009, the Episcopal Church lifted a temporary ban on blessing gay unions and said bishops may provide “generous pastoral response” to gay couples, especially in states that allow civil unions or gay marriages.
Many Episcopal bishops now permit the blessing of same-sex relationships, and some in states where gay marriage is legal — including Bishop M. Thomas Shaw of the Diocese of Massachusetts, which runs roughly east of Interstate 495 — let priests officiate at the marriage of same-sex couples.
[Get this… ] But because the Episcopal Church canons and the Book of Common Prayer describe marriage as between a man and woman, some bishops have not embraced same-sex blessings or weddings. [Imagine that!] Bishop Gordon Paul Scruton of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts, does not allow priests to do either.
Benedict XVI is the Pope of Christian Unity.