Saturday, February 11, 2012
Giles Fraser: As long as it is not a blessing . . .
Giles Fraser writes: "The point here is that, as the Chancellor has pointed out, nothing in the present restriction precludes clergy from conducting a service of prayer and dedication for those who have undertaken a civil partnership. “The position is clear,” Mr Seed says “. . . clergy may use a form of service they consider suitable in respect of civil partnership, provided that service does not amount to a service of blessing.”
There are those of us who would like this restriction lifted. And we would like to use the church as a venue in which to conduct civil partnerships. But it seems that there are various ways in which the clergy can respond pastorally and liturgically to those who come to them wanting a service after a civil partnership." MORE