Sex is for married heterosexual couples only, says Church of England [Guar

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    Sex is for married heterosexual couples only, says Church of England

    Pastoral guidance also calls for Christians in gay or straight civil unions to be abstinent

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    Clergy ‘should not provide services of blessing for those who register a civil partnership’, say bishops.


    The Church of England has stated that sex belongs only within heterosexual marriage, and that Christians in gay or straight civil partnerships should be sexually abstinent.

    Bishops have issued pastoral guidance in response to the recent introduction to mixed-sex civil partnerships, which says: “For Christians, marriage – that is, the lifelong union between a man and a woman, contracted with the making of vows – remains the proper context for sexual activity.”

    The church “seeks to uphold that standard” in its approach to civil partnerships, and “to affirm the value of committed, sexually abstinent friendships” within such partnerships.

    It adds: “Sexual relationships outside heterosexual marriage are regarded as falling short of God’s purpose for human beings.”

    The affirmation of traditional teaching at a time when the church is undergoing a major review of sexuality and marriage will delight conservatives.

    The Civil Partnership Act came into force in December 2005, allowing same-sex couples to acquire a legal status and rights in relation to property, inheritance and tax entitlement. In 2013, same sex marriage was legalised.

    The C of E does not permit same-sex marriage. It allows clergy to be in same-sex civil partnerships as long as they are sexually abstinent.

    After the supreme court ruled in 2018 that mixed-sex couples should also had the right to a civil partnership, the law was amended. The first mixed-sex civil partnerships were registered last month.

    The Rev Dr Malcolm Brown, the C of E’s director of mission and public affairs, said: “Civil partnership is not the same as marriage, which is founded on the taking of solemn public vows and is recognised in the church’s teaching as the only proper context for sexual relationships.

    “So, as with same-sex civil partnerships, there is no formal service or blessing but clergy will, as always, be encouraged to respond pastorally to couples wishing to formalise their relationship in this way.”

    This week the C of E House of Bishops issued a new pastoral statement on civil partnerships, restating traditional teaching on sex and marriage.


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    Well this is a welcome shock.
     
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    Surprised to see some steel in their backbones still.
     
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