Gay Canadian Anglicans may be praying for some divine intervention over the next seven weeks. The Anglican Church of Canada has released a statement rejecting the possibility of blessing gay unions. For now, at least:
Where we are today – not in June, but as of today – our doctrine and discipline does not allow the blessing of same-sex unions. So we’re acknowledging that’s where we are, understanding that that could change in June.
No doubt the issue will come up at next month’s general synod meeting in Winnipeg.
Canadian Anglicans may not approve of gay nuptials, but that doesn’t mean they’re not praying for your sissy soul. Winnipeg Free Press reports:
[Their official statement adds] that it is “a Gospel imperative to pray with the whole people of God, no matter their circumstance.”
For example, the statement suggests a parish, with its bishop’s knowledge and permission, could pray with a civilly married gay or lesbian couple that wants recognition of their union and celebrate a eucharist with the couple.
They also say they hope that “no child is denied baptism solely on the basis of the sexual orientation, or the marital status, of the parents.”
“It is inconsistent and unacceptable to deny baptism to children as a way of imposing discipline on the sexual behaviour of the parents,” says the statement.
At least one Canadian Anglican doesn’t think that’s good enough. Reverend Shawn Sanford Beck stepped down yesterday after clashing with church officials over the controversial matter. Beck wanted to bless same-sex unions, but faced pious religion.