Skip to comments.Toronto Church is First Anglican Parish in Canada to Approve Weddings for Homosexuals
Posted on 01/15/2008 3:52:23 PM PST by wagglebee
TORONTO, January 15, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Toronto's Church of the Holy Trinity has presented a direct challenge to the leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada by voting to hold weddings for same sex couples.
Their statement says, "Holy Trinity will continue to exercise its conscience and bless same-sex unions and marry same-sex couples."
While Holy Trinity has been conducting blessing ceremonies for some time, Rev. Jim Ferry, a preist at Holy Trinity clarified, "We also intend, when the opportunity arises, to take the next step, which is a (same-sex) marriage ceremony."
Ferry also claimed that numerous other parishes across Canada are "quietly" conducting same-sex blessings. "We're not the only ones," he said yesterday, according to the Ottawa Citizen. "There are other parishes across the country who have been quietly going ahead and doing same-sex blessings. They're in the major urban centres, wherever there's a significant population of gay and lesbian people."
Holy Trinity parish, in downtown Toronto, is notorious for its heedless disregard for fundamental Anglican precepts, and is known for its pro-homosexual and anti-Catholic activism. During Toronto World Youth Day in 2002, Holy Trinity hosted an anti-Catholic event that included a speaker who advocated violent protest against churches.
While four Canadian Anglican dioceses (Niagara, Ottawa, Montreal and New Westminster, BC) have voted to allow ministers to conduct blessing ceremonies, Holy Trinity has defied the doctrine and normative procedures of its own church by not only endorsing gay marriage, but doing so without seeking the permission of its bishop.
Last week Archbishop Fred Hiltz said in a letter addressed to his clergy, "It is important to note that the Anglican Church of Canada has not altered its doctrine of marriage as outlined in our prayer books and canons," but hedged that statement with the qualification that Canadian Anglicans "live in a country where the federal government in 2005 approved legislation that allows the marriage of same-gender couples."
The Anglican Church of Canada, which is holding its annual synod in Winnipeg this week, will be considering a resolution that would allow individual congregations to decide for themselves whether or not to bless gay 'marriages', but not in fact to 'marry' same-sex couples.
The worldwide Anglican Church is currently deeply divided over the issues of ordaining homosexual clergy and same-sex marriage.
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Speakers at Anti-Catholic Event Include Those Advocating Violence Against Churches
ANGLICAN PRIMATE AND TORONTO DIOCESE OFFICIALLY REFUSE TO DISASSOCIATE FROM ANTI-CATHOLIC PRESENTATION TARGETING WORLD YOUTH DAY
Now say that they "value the right to ask uncomfortable questions"
RESIGNATIONS CONTINUE OVER ANGLICAN BLESSING OF HOMOSEXUAL UNIONS
Second Anglican Bishop Leaves Anglican Church of Canada Over Homosexuality Endorsement
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Maybe Rev. Ferry will clarify his position of "preist."
Seriously, I just don't understand any of this. Beyond the homosexual issue, (which I never understood), why is the Anglican Church taking up the homosexual banner and the corresponding anti-Catholic activism? What version of the Bible do they have and do they read it at all?
Do they ever pray for guidance from the Almighty?
Not to offend anyone on the forum, but it seems obvious to me that Satan has worked his way into their congregations, IMHO.
I know its coming more and more here though. Which is sad, I've lately been so distraught looking at the bleak future of my country.
We have very few options for President that have any differences. Its hard to note the distinction btw the "Republican" frontrunners and the Dims.
People with conviction are glossed over for more of the same empty words. Duncan Hunter gets no attention even though he appeals to Christian Conservative values. Its sad...
The very serious homosexual issue is just one of many that would make the framers roll in their graves.
With all due respect I couldn’t disagree more. Can you name one issue in which the R’s and D’s have similar positions/
right to life, tax cuts, the war on terror, immigration, sanctity of marriage = one male + one female, federalism (states rights), big government versus small government, and on and on.
The two parties are miles apart on these fundamental issues.
It's not their Bible it's their exegesis. You should hear the kooky sophistries they use to explain away Biblical condemnations of homosexuality. In Genesis 19 (the destruction of Sodom) it is rape not homosexuality being condemned. In Romans 1 Paul is condemning promiscuity not homosexuality. (I kid you not). I'm not sure how they explain away 1 Corinthinans or 1 Timothy much less Jesus' condemnation of "pornea". It's clear they use deductive reasoning and backwards exegesis - they decide in advance the conclusion they want to reach and then selectively and deceptively quote scripture to get to where they've already decided they want to be. Just like their liberal Judges.
Thank you so much for your reply
Not being of Anglican faith, I thought maybe their biblical translations had "grown," (like liberal judges), over the centuries. You have corrected me in that regard.
Big Government vs. small?
The people with R by their name are supposed to support the latter option right? All I see is that the gov't has grown and grown during the R controlled congress days.
Mitt Romney is a Johnny come lately regarding sanctity of marriage.. abortion.. immigration and on and on and on.
In my relatively short political awareness, 26 yrs old, I've seen the R move further to the left. The Republican party is a shell of what it used to be.
I wish I could believe what you say about being miles apart but it looks to me like they are a few yards apart and steadily getting closer. Rino is an apt name for a lot of them, I see that the party is going to go through a major overhaul if it wants to get back to legitimate conservative principles. It saddens me.
I live not too far from this church and a couple of years ago I wandered into it to be horrified by the following sight. All the pews had been stacked in the transepts and the entire Church floor was covered in yoga mats. About 200 white saried and turbaned Kundalini Yoga freakazoids were rythymically swaying in some trance state and channeling some demonic force. This was supposed to be going on for a continuous 48 hour period. I had the overwhelming feeling of an evil presence there.. I snapped a few pictures and hightailed it out of there. Whats happened now in this article seems tame by comparsion.
Want to know how to explain away the more difficult Scriptures? Here's a Gay Christian Website that'll make it all plausible.
And they don't feel they need their arguments to be anything more than "plausible."
Naah, that has nothing to do with it. It is part of the itching ears syndrome. The "magisterium" gets it just as wrong as the poofters.
Yeah, follow those links and read along. If you're like me, you'll be amazed and appalled.
Every church is full of sinners, and mine (Catholic) is no exception. For real. But the Magisterium has never approved gay sex relations, nor the dissolubility of a Sacramental marriage, nor contraception, nor abortion, and never will. Not in a million years. And frankly, there are not many churches which could say that.
All that comes down to is this: we sin, but when we sin we know darn well we're in the wrong.
Heres another little breakdown which is a microcosm of the problem as a whole, re: mortgage "crisis".
Hillary Rodham Clinton
* $2 billion federal fund to help homeowners
* 90-day moratorium on foreclosures
* Minimum five-year rate freeze on all ARM subprime loans
* Legislation to force lenders to modify loans without investor consent
John Edwards * A 'Home Rescue Fund' (financed by taxpayers) to help borrowers into more affordable mortgages * An immediate halt on foreclosures until lenders offer some sort of mortgage assistance to borrowers * Seven-year freeze on interest rates
Barack Obama * Federal fund to help homeowners refinance or sell * Reform of bankruptcy laws to allow for mortgage renegotiation * Mortgage interest tax credit for people who don't itemize
and now for the Republicans.
Rudolph Giuliani * Government help for borrowers who were 'cheated' * Lender initiated work-outs
John McCain * Target assistance for borrowers who have been 'taken advantage of' by lenders * Expansion of the FHA to support the development of 'innovative mortgage loans'
Mitt Romney Federal assistance to help homeowners refinance. Even Duncan who is typically staunchly conservative and has the record and credentials to back it up is supportive of Govt help, albeit less help than others have suggested. Nanny statism in different doses is still a bigger than should be gov't regulating We the People. Which is the exact opposite of what was intended, We the People should be regulating them, and there shouldn't be near as much as there is now for us to worry about regulating. If you can't see that the Govt has expanded, will continue to, and that the politics as a group are moving to the left.
also, need we bring up 2nd amendment issues and abortion against the past records of some R frontrunners and look at those against the D side. I'm sure you've seen the video of Mitt, running as a R against Ted Kennedy, arguing about how he is for abortion, gay marriage, and so on. Trying to convince the constituents that he is as liberal or moreso than Ted "leave the scene" Kennedy. The party is due for an overhaul.
So were the Libertines, the Gnostics, the Cerinthians, the Pelagians and all the other heretical movements of the first and second centuries. This is nothing new. I'm sure this is why every book in the NT (except maybe Phileman) stresses rejecting false doctrine. The books of Galations and Jude are almost totally devoted to this issue. So who do we rely on for proper interpetation? The book of John specificly tells us this is the job of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit will "teach" us ALL THINGS and help us to remember Jesus words. (Jn 14:26)
But of course! Exactly! That's precisely what the Gay Christians believe.
Did you read any of the three links I gave?
Yes and while they were disgusting I didn't see anything nearly as reprehensible as the inquisition or crusades, which is where your way takes people. I'll trust and have faith in God.
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