Comments: CofE marriage report: last November's Questions in Synod

I am interested in whether anyone can discover in the recent report any substantial reference to "theological work that has appeared since" 1999. The references and further reading are thin on recent material - e.g. the Common Worship service will have reflected the same material and thinking as the 1999 report, even though it was finalised shortly afterwards. The republication of the Homilies and the works of Jeremy Taylor are later, but they can hardly be called recent theology. There seems to be a complete failure to address the public remit, which is perhaps why the document appears so laboured and thin in relation to current debates.

Posted by Mark Bennet at Wednesday, 17 April 2013 at 6:01pm BST

and taking account of further theological work that has appeared since???

Posted by Scot Peterson at Wednesday, 17 April 2013 at 6:53pm BST

Sentamu: "The Committee saw no need for a review of the teaching document issued by the House in 1999."

Bottle, meet Stopper.

Posted by JCF at Wednesday, 17 April 2013 at 9:21pm BST

Given the circumstances of New Zealand's passage of the Marriage Amendment Bill, which will allow Same-Sex Marriage in N.Z. - but with special provision for dissenting Celebrants & Religious Organisations to opt out of performing such marriages - it would seem that the Church of England needs seriously to re-consider its recent statement of what Marriage is really all about.

Once again, an ex-Colonial Country would seem to be outstripping Mother England in a matter of establishing new frontiers for what appears to be a move towards social justice for ALL citizens.

We do not yet know what will the the response of our Anglican Church here to the latest news of the affirmation of the LGBT community in N.Z., but one is hopeful of a more generous response that would appear to be forthcoming in the C. of E.

However, the Maundy Thursday antiphon issues a clear challenge to all Christians, and it is this:
"Where Charity and Love are: there is God!"

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 17 April 2013 at 10:58pm BST

In this ex-colonial country (USA), Fr. Ron, TEC has proven itself to be on the forefront of the battle for the equality of all God's children, but, alas, our government is not as enlightened as that of N.Z. Still, individual states have begun to see the light, so there's hope.

Posted by Old Father William at Thursday, 18 April 2013 at 2:51am BST

The Church of England has to wean itself from its tendency to publish wide ranging statements on controversial topics for which no named individual author is identified or takes responsibility. Giles Goddard asked repeatedly:

"who will be conducting that work on the Commission’s behalf?"


"Who is advising the Commission?"

The first question had an evasive answer - "the Faith and Order Commission", with no individual named. The second question was not answered at all.

The report itself was published with a list of the names of every member of the Commission, but the only one of those names to have commented on the Report has expressed clear disagreement with it (the Rev Canon Dr Charlotte Methuen).

Posted by badman at Thursday, 18 April 2013 at 1:01pm BST

Well, the 1999 document sets out to teach about marriage primarily through the lense of marriage breakdown.
Whereas the most recent document sets out a theology purposed to deny marriage to same sex couples.

When, one wonders is marriage going to get an impartial and independent airing.

Is the Archbishop of York really as unpleasant as the exchange with Giles implies, or does the printed word conceal a more nuanced voice?

Otherwise, Scot and others have it, nothing new, no attempt to give reason, experience or recent thinking an outing .... But then it wasn't really expected ..........

Posted by Martin Reynolds at Thursday, 18 April 2013 at 6:02pm BST

Here's a video of the 3rd reading in NZ. They actually break out into song!!! What a great, joyful, occasion. I yearn for it in the US and UK.

Posted by Cynthia at Thursday, 18 April 2013 at 7:38pm BST
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