Friday, March 02, 2007

No Affirmation of Christian Sexual Morality from Anglican Mother Church at Synod
Language failed to pass affirming that Bible permits sexual relations only between married man and woman

By Hilary White
LONDON, March 1, 2007

( – The Church of England's General Synod met Wednesday and declined to make any final statement on the acceptability of homosexual activity itself but restated that merely having the homosexual “orientation” does not bar full participation in the life of the church.

The Guardian reports that language failed to pass that would have affirmed that the Bible permits sexual relations only between a married man and woman and that being “gay” is a choice of actions, not a natural condition determined by genes.

The Synod rejected proposed language affirming “respect (for the) the patterns of holy living to which lesbian and gay Christians aspire,” and said “that homosexual orientation in itself is no bar to a faithful Christian life or in full participation to lay and ordained ministry.”
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