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Pope Francis and the Church of England (Quo Vadis, Pope Francis? Part 250)

The Church of England approved of blessings for same-sex unions, but stopped short of approving same-sex marriage. For now. The vote for same-sex blessings by bishops was an overwhelming 36 in favor and only 4 against. The vote for same-sex marriage by Synod members was a close 197 for and 227 against. It is just a matter of time before this slim margin turns.

Now the Archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the Anglican Church, is very close to Pope Francis. They share many things in common. The reality actually is that the Pope wants to go the same way as the Anglican Church has now gone. The German and Belgian Catholic bishops have already approved of same-sex blessings, which the Pope did not reject. These Catholic bishops would also want same-sex marriages in our Church, if they have their way.

The Germans had their Synodal Way, which the Pope did not oppose. We know wherre the German Church wants to go. Now the Pope has his Synod on Synodality. We also know where he wants to go. He wants to normalize homosexuality in our Church.

The Church of England has approved blessings for gay couples for the first time.

In a historic vote, the General Synod, the Church’s legislative body, voted to officially recognise same-sex couples on Thursday.

The vote was passed in all three houses of Synod. Bishops voted for it by 36 to four, with two abstentions, while clergy voted for it by 111 to 85, with three abstentions. The house of laity approved it 103 to 92, with five abstentions.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Stephen Cottrell, the Archbishop of York, said in a joint statement: “It has been a long road to get us to this point.

“For the first time, the Church of England will publicly, unreservedly and joyfully welcome same-sex couples in church. The Church continues to have deep differences on these questions which go to the heart of our human identity.

Article published by Telegraph For the full article, click here.

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