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Statement from House of Bishops renders Marriage Canon vote null and void

Statement from House of Bishops renders Marriage Canon vote null and void


by David of Samizdat
July 16, 2019

The Anglican Church of Canada voted down a motion to amend the Marriage Canon to permit the marriage of same-sex couples. The naïve among us might be tempted to conclude, "that's it, then, no same-sex marriages in the ACoC."

That would be a serious underestimation of the influence of the juggernaut that has taken over the Anglican Church of Canada.

The highlighted section of the statement below explicitly gives permission for dioceses to perform same-sex marriages: just as if the vote to change the marriage canon had passed.

The vote was meaningless. Worse, it was a hoax, a deception, a lie, an exercise which, if it succeeded, would legitimise same sex marriage and, if it failed, still legitimise same-sex marriage.

Why would anyone take anything this preposterous excuse for a church does or says seriously?

Looking on the bright side, the motion to stop using single use plastic passed; that means no nametags in 2022.

From here:

We, members of the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada, see the pain and anguish inflicted on LGBTQ2S+ people, on members of the General Synod, across the Church, and in the world, as a result of the work and the vote on the matter of Canon 21, concerning marriage. We see your tears, we hear your cries, and we weep with you. We have caused deep hurt. We are profoundly sorry.

Although the bishops are not of one mind, we look with hope to the "Word to the Church" and its affirmations which General Synod 2019 overwhelmingly approved on Friday, July 12.

We are walking together in a way which leaves room for individual dioceses and jurisdictions of our church to proceed with same-sex marriage according to their contexts and convictions, sometimes described as "local option."

Together, we affirm the inherent right of Indigenous peoples and communities to spiritual self-determination in their discernment and decisions in all matters.

Although we as bishops are not able to agree, in the name of Jesus Christ, we commit to conduct ourselves "with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Ephesians 4:2-3).

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