WE’LL GIVE YOU PENSION RIGHTSIF YOU VOTE TO RECOGNISE ACNA

Of course, the title is just a joke. I am sure (as sure as I am that there will always be a Church of England) that there are not spin-doctors working out of Lambeth brokering voting deals so that they can push through their boss's own agenda more easily.

From THE TELEGRAPH:

Bishops and senior clergy will debate at next month's General Synod whether the Church should provide same-sex couples with the same financial benefits as are awarded to married couples.

Traditionalists have expressed strong opposition to the move, which they claim would give official recognition to homosexual relationships. They warn that affording equal treatment to heterosexual and homosexual couples would undermine the Church's teaching on marriage. Liberals believe that the motion, to be unveiled this week, could be a major breakthrough in securing rights for gay clergy.

At present, the Church bars clergy from being in active gay relationships, although it bowed to pressure to allow them to enter civil partnerships on the condition that they are celibate.

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WE’LL GIVE YOU PENSION RIGHTSIF YOU VOTE TO RECOGNISE ACNA — 6 Comments

  1. Do they actually, legally, have a choice? Surely the pension arrangements are a matter of civil contract and the equivalence of marriage and civil partnerships has been established (by statute) for those purposes?

    If a pension sharing order can be made (Schedule 5 Part 4 of the Civil Partnership Act) – then surely …

  2. “At present, the Church bars clergy from being in active gay relationships, although it bowed to pressure to allow them to enter civil partnerships on the condition that they are celibate”

    I did know this, but every time I’m reminded of it, it strikes me anew how crazy it is. I don’t know which is sadder … the clergy who say their relationship is celibate and are lying, or the ones who say it’s celibate and are telling the truth.

  3. You know, in a few years, people will be looking at situations like these, and be as disgusted as we are hearing about Mississippi in the 1960s.

  4. Cathy
    on the other hand, I don’t want to know how many marriages become celebate over time. It would only be sad if they had been celibate from the beginning.