Archbishop's actions shake my loyalty to church.
As Archbishop Terence Finlay hoped (Archbishop weds lesbian couple, November Anglican Journal), I have reflected carefully on his decision to marry his lesbian friends--this, despite the fact that this is contrary to canon law, which apparently does not apply to archbishops, but only to more lowly clergy!
I cannot help but note that the couple in question are prominent people. Of course these people could have been married in a civil ceremony, or by a minister of another denomination, but these are prominent people, and nothing less than an archbishop will suffice. I also note without surprise the severity of the punishment handed out by the Bishop of Toronto" Archbishop Finlay's licence to officiate at marriages was suspended to the end of 2006. Not the busiest season for weddings.
In a church deeply divided on the question of gay marriage, where does all this leave the average person in the pew? I shall continue to try to follow the teachings of Jesus, but my loyalty to the Anglican church has been badly shaken.
Mount Hope, Ont.
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|Article Type:||Letter to the editor|
|Date:||Jan 1, 2007|
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