Posted 18 января 14:16
Published 18 января 14:16
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At the same time, the priests have the right to refuse a blessing if it contradicts his beliefs. It is noted that there will be no consequences for priests in case of refusal. Same-sex couples will still not be able to get married in a church.
"We call on all communities under our care to welcome same—sex couples unconditionally and joyfully, reaffirming their commitment to a radical new Christian inclusion based on Holy Scripture, reason, tradition, theology and Christian faith", - the message reads.
The submitted proposals of the Church of England are scheduled to be discussed in February by the Synod of the Church.
The bishops' proposals were preceded by a large discussion between supporters of changes in the church and those who adhere to traditional views on marriage.
In addition to the proposals presented, the bishops of the Anglican Church also apologized to the LGBT community for "rejection, isolation and hostility" towards these people.