Will the Anglican Church please stop meddling in politics, and if they wouldn’t would they just dis-establish themselves & find a quite Cathedral to go and sulk in?
First all let me make clear that this is blog is not directed toward the vast number of ‘pew fodder’ that actually make up the Church of England, and I suspect the Roman Catholic Church, is about the elite of the Church of England that prance about in purple robes and and carry bling which indicate they are a ‘cut above the rest’.
I wonder if Jesus Christ is as dismayed at the Church as I am, he left the Church to be the revolutionary arm of God on Earth, it had a very clear mandate – to evangelise – and the Church was defined not as Bishops etc it was defined as the people. It started off exceptionally radical and gradually got fascinated by the trapping of power, which it welded with fury during the Middle Ages. The Church is not here to alienate people, it is here to be radical, to love and include everyoe – no wonder many of the founders of the Labour Movement had a Christian background.
To save the Bishops calling a Synod and Theresa May any more time I propose that the Church be stripped of its role of marrying people, it can perform religious weddings after the State has performed the Civil Wedding. It may sound an unworkable idea, but it works quite well in Australia and solves the problems with the hierachy of the Church of England – the only problem is that it takes one more function of the Church away.
Reading the Anglican webiste on Equal Marriage I found this wonderful extract:
Currently, the legal institution of marriage into which people enter is the same whether they marry using a civil or a religious form of ceremony. And arguments that seek to treat ‘religious marriage’ as being a different institution fail to recognise the enduring place of the established church in providing marriages that have full state recognition. The Church of England will continue to argue against changing the definition of marriage, which has supported society for so long.
in the wonderful the death knell of the Church of England ‘the enduring place of the established church’ – the Church is happy status quo no matter how unequal that situation is, rather than reinvent itself and be the instituition that ‘the very gates of Hell will not prevail’ it seeks to maintain its diminishing power base.
In this country it is the State that sanctions marriage the Church is one of the agents that performs this function, it has not got a monopoly because most people are not going to Church anymore, and this is sad, and the Archbishops need to reflect a little more on that.
I have to stress I am not ‘dissing’ the overwhelming number of Anglicans, most who would be happy to perform an Equal Marriage. A couple of quotes from Twitter bear out my point.
Anglicans threatening to split up again over gay marriage. They’ve been saying that for years. Talk about drama queens. ~@UKPositiveLad
Some of us Christians say yes to gay marriage. Please RT. ~ @Giles_Fraser(Anglican Minister)
Papers tomorrow are running story about CofE saying gay marriage is “One of the worst threats to church in 500 years.” I am ashamed.~ @Giles_Fraser
Dear Dave & Nick, please ignore the CofE Press Release today abt same sex marriage. It was made by an elite minority group & not all of us ~ @GrahamRichards
Church of England really is making itself look daft over equal marriage. A church founded, remember, so Henry VIII could marry who he liked. ~ @nigelfletcher
Reckon the churchmen getting angry about gay marriage today will muster comparable outrage for the children of Syria? @LaurenLeverne