"The Preachers chiefly shall take heed that they teach nothing in their preaching, which they would have the people religiously to observe and believe, but that which is agreeable to the Doctrine of the Old Testament and the New, and that which the Catholick Fathers and Ancient Bishops have gathered out of that Doctrine." A proposed canon of Elizabeth I, 1571

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I am a presbyter in the diocese of Fort Worth, Texas (Anglican Church in North America). I serve as Chaplain at St. Vincent's School and as a canon of St. Vincent's Cathedral Church in Bedford, Texas. In addition to my parish duties and teaching Religion classes in the school I am also the Middle School Social Studies teacher.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

TEC Blessings for Gay Marriages in California

Read this official letter from Bishop Andrus of California (a.k.a. San Francisco and its environs) telling his clergy how to respond to the legalization of gay marriage in that state. Among the little gems in this pastoral letter is this news:

The Diocese of California will publish advertising around June 17 celebrating the Supreme Court ruling and inviting same-sex couples to our churches for pre-marital counseling and nourishment in communities of faith.

Amazing. Simply amazing.

And TEC has the gall to insist to the world-wide Anglican Communion that they are not "walking apart"! Words fail me. Our November vote in the diocese of Fort Worth cannot come soon enough for me.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the state allows this kind of marriage, should not the church provide a means of counciling and support to those who are going to live that kind of partnering so that it may be lived in the most wholesome way possible?

Food for thought

12:20 PM  
Blogger texanglican said...

Counselling perhaps (although couselling abstainance from sexual relations within their partnership is the only form I believe could pass muster with Scripture and Tradition),eucharistos, but note the full-throated insistence on the BLESSING of these "marriages" in this letter. This is completely beyond the Pale.

4:41 PM  

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