LONDON – The Church of England will work to draft a new pastoral guide and other material needed to enable same-sex couples to receive blessings from priests in the coming months, it said on Saturday.
The Church’s governing body, called the General Synod, held a four-hour debate on the issue, which has revealed divisions within the institution after the synod voted in February to allow gay couples to have a prayer service afterward. of a civil marriage.
“It has been good to hear your reflections (those of the synod members), and we will take them with us to feed the concentrated writing work that begins now. We look forward to meeting again in November,” said Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London, in a statement.
Among the 226 responses received from the synod on blessings, 60 responses were that the prayers were too similar to marriage and 44 responses that they do not go far enough and 42 responses that more pastoral guidance would be required for their use, the update posted on the site. CoE website showed.
The CoE, central to the global Anglican communion, does not allow same-sex marriage in its churches, and millions of Anglicans around the world closely follow its discourse on homosexuality and gender.
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