Skip to comments.Church of England: If one spouse ‘transitions,’ we’ll recognize it as same-sex ‘marriage’
Posted on 07/09/2019 7:03:25 AM PDT by ebb tide
NGLAND, July 8, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) Controversy has erupted over the Church of England announcing that it will recognize same-sex marriages in limited circumstances, specifically when one member of a natural marriage claims to have transitioned to the same sex as his spouse.
On Friday, the church published answers to more than 100 questions ahead of its General Synod to decide the churchs position on various doctrinal and theological subjects, Christian Today reports.
Given that the Church of Englands teaching about marriage is that it is a lifelong and exclusive union between one man and one woman, if one person in a couple undergoes gender transition, has consideration been given as to whether they are still married according to the teaching of the Church of England? asked Prudence Dailey, churchwarden of St. Michael at the North Gate.
When a couple marry in church they promise before God to be faithful to each other for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health come what may, although we preach compassion if they find this too much to bear, bishop of Newcastle Christine Hardman answered. Further, never in the history of the Church has divorce been actively recommended as the way to resolve a problem. We have always prioritised fidelity, reconciliation and forgiveness, with divorce as a concession when staying together proves humanly unbearable[.]
In the light of those two points, if a couple wish to remain married after one partner has transitioned, who are we to put them asunder? Hardman concluded.
The unusual scenario laid out here does not truly constitute a homosexual union a gender-confused individual who identifies as the opposite sex has not actually changed his sex, therefore the marriage still consists of one man and one woman. However, the Church of Englands credulous use of the term married for two people it considers as of the same sex opens the door to recognition of actual same-sex couples as married.
Last December, a pastoral guidance called for blessing sex transitions by using gender-confused individuals preferred names and pronouns and even proposed ceremonies for such people to renew the commitments made in baptism in a public setting and provides space for those who have undergone a major transition to re-dedicate their life to Jesus Christ.
The current confusion about human sexuality in the Church of England actually has its roots in decisions taken some ninety years ago such as accepting artificial contraception, ordaining female priests and bishops, and compromising on homosexuality, wrote Fr. Dwight Longenecker, a South Carolinabased Catholic priest, author, and public speaker.
The decision to recognize and endorse this gender confusion indeed to bless it is only the next step in the Church of Englands whole sale abandonment of traditional views on human sexuality, he warned, and as all things Christian are connected to the abandonment also of anything recognizable as historic Christianity.
Even so, pro-LGBT activists complain that the Church of England is insufficiently pro-trans.
It is clear that because this only applies to couples who married before the transition the Bishops do not really accept the transition at all, Dr. Jane Hamlin, head of the pro-trans Beaumont Society, said, The Telegraph reports. They still see the trans man or trans woman as he/she was appearing at the time of the wedding. This is disappointing.
It certainly looks as though the Church of England still wont accept a transgender parishioners true sex, homosexual married ex-priest Andrew Foreshew-Cain told Gay Star News. This isnt them being accommodating and being nice. This is them enacting homophobic and transphobic policies.
Maybe they will change their name to “The Church of Sodom”.
If a man decideth to murdereth another for wrongs committed- who are we to put him asunder?
What if both spouses transition?
Is that like no big deal?
No one transitions, and there is no same sex marriage.
When do the floods, earthquakes, lightning bolts and pestilence begin?
Therefore, no matter how much genital mutilation and hormonal sabotage goes on, if it started out a man-woman marriage, it is still a man-woman marriage.
Unless the self-mutilating spouse intended this from the git-go. In which case, the marriage should be found to be null, since at the time of the vows, one partner was insane and/or intending to defraud the other.
Am I getting this right?
So they are still a man-woman marriage, regardless.
Help me out here, somebody, if I'm wrong.
The C of A was corrupted to the core by radical left long ago.
Your attitude is one you'd expect to see from a Christian church.
The Church of England went atheist long ago.
Another church Joins Satan’s religion.
The Episcopal “church” has become a “cult.” (former Episcopalian)
What if one transitions to male the other to female?
What if they do it annually?
What if one self identifies as the dog & they already have a dog?
Monty Python could do wonders with this!
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