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Briefing: Church of England bishops’ proposals on same-sex marriage ‘incoherent’

Proposals by Church of England’s bishops banning same-sex marriage in church but offering prayers of blessing instead, have been criticised as inconsistent and incoherent, a mess, and entirely unsatisfactory. Speakers at a Religion Media Centre Briefing from both sides of the divide gave their reaction to the plans and what might happen next. While for some blessings mark a fundamental shift, for most there was dismay at missed opportunities for clarity – in either direction.v

Rosie Dawson hosts this panel discussion with the following guests:

  • Andrew Foreshew-Cain, co-founder of Equal, the campaign for equal marriage in the CofE
  • Helen Lamb, from the Church of England Evangelical Council
  • Rev Dr Charlie Bell
  • Rev Dr Ian Paul a theologian and assistant vicar at St Nic’s Nottingham
  • Rev Canon Dr Andrew Goddard who is on the Living in Love and Faith co-ordinating group

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‘Incoherent’ response by bishops to same-sex marriage will only prolong the agony

Response to CofE bishops proposal to bless same-sex couples in church while banning same-sex marriage is judged theologically incoherent…

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