Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Living Church: Bishops Weigh Authorizing Local Same-Sex Blessing Rites

The Suffragan Bishop of Maryland, the Rt. Rev. John Rabb offered an amendment that was originally offered as a minority committee report by the Bishop of Alabama, the Rt. Rev. Henry Parsley. The Parsley amendment sought to alter language that offered blanket permission for a “generous pastoral response” to same-sex couples, to one confining it to states that had adopted same-sex marriage or civil union laws.
The Rt. Rev. Otis Charles, retired Bishop of Utah, objected to the amendment, saying it was an “attempt to narrow and limit” pastoral care along state boundaries. The Bishop of San Diego concurred, noting that the amendment would relate pastoral generosity to geography.
Bishop James Adams of Western Kansas asked Bishop Smith of Missouri if pastoral generosity included liturgical blessings. Bishop Smith replied that the committee had considered adding a specific provision for liturgies, but believed it best not to enumerate the forms pastoral generosity might take so that “liturgies could be included” without being named.


Blogger cmsigler said...

Yeah, sure, uh-huh, right. Geographic boundaries ought not to be limiting in pastoral care for same-sex relationships. But for *baptized* church members who seek pastoral care not forthcoming from their bishop(s) or clergy? Heresy! Boundary crossing is an absolute principle! All geographic and civil boundaries must be respected! These boundaries are clear, historic, inviolate limits on pastoral care.

Uh, wait a minute. I thought you just said that civil and geograhic boundaries should *not* limit pastoral care?! I'm feeling dizzy....

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