Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Paradox of Experience

By Bishop Bill Atwood
December 10, 2013

The "Pilling Report" for the Church of England basically opens the door for public services blessing same-sex unions. There is an attempt at a fine parsing of situations trying to separate same-sex blessings from same-sex marriages, approving the former, and not approving the latter. The distinction, however, is one without a difference. All the Church does in a marriage is pronounce blessing. The couple actually ministers the Sacrament to each other--they marry each other. The priest can only pronounce a blessing over a marriage when the Biblical circumstances are faithfully fulfilled.

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