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Episcopal Church Scotland commits to same-sex marriage

Scottish Episcopal Church

The Scottish Episcopal Church has passed a historic motion that could lead it to commit its clergy to conduct same-sex marriage. The church’s General Synod voted to start a process that will enable it to  “decide whether to bring same-sex marriage into its life theologically and liturgically”. The vote followed a lengthy and detailed discussion on the nature of marriage (theological doctrine committee) ...

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Irish presbyterians in “gay ministers” boycott


    The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has voted to boycott the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly in protest at its recent decision to allow congregations to appoint clergy in civil partnerships. The Belfast Telegraph reports that the Church of Scotland’s vote has angered many Irish presbyterian leaders, who accuse their Scottish counterparts of “mov[ing] away from the historic and ...

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Scottish church considers supporting same-sex marriage


The Scottish Episcopal Church is to vote next week on whether to set in motion a process for allowing its clergy to wed same-sex couples. Legislation allowing for same-sex marriage came into effect on 31st December 2014, but to date the traditional church denominations have not revisited their own definitions of marriage. Both the Church of Scotland and the Roman ...

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Pro-equality Bishop to visit Glasgow

A controversial bishop is to deliver a lecture at a Glasgow church next week. John Shelby Spong, who served as the Episcopal Bishop of Newark between 1979 and 2000, will be speaking at Cairns Church in Milgavie on Thursday 11th June. He will be addressing the dangers of Biblical literalism, which he considers have been responsible for many prejudicial attitudes ...

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Church fears being sued over gay marriage refusal


A report commissioned by the Church of Scotland has raised concerns that ministers could potentially face legal proceedings for refusing to marry gay couples. The church’s General Assembly will consider the report at its General Assembly next month, where it will also make a final decision on the appointment of gay clergy. The report has been compiled by the church’s ...

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Nick Clegg responds to Coalition for Marriage accusation

Nick Clegg

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has issued a response to a poster from Coalition for Marriage, which criticised his role in making same-sex marriage a reality. He responded on twitter after the group released a poster claiming that “Nick Clegg forced same-sex marriage on Britain”. The Deputy Prime Minister tweeted: “Don’t think I’ve actually forced anyone into a same-sex marriage ...

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Priest behind “gay mafia” claims guilty of defamation

St John Ogilvie, in Blantyre

A Roman Catholic priest, who accused a “powerful gay Mafia” of being the driving force behind sexual bullying within the Catholic Church in Scotland, has been found guilty of defamation against fellow clergymen and parishioners. Fr Matthew Despard, of St John Ogilvie in High Blantyre, published a book entitled “Priesthood in Crisis“, in which he made the claims that sexual ...

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Should we “think Church” before we vote?


“Think ‘church’ before you vote – and punish candidates who believe in marriage equality (i.e. don’t believe in the ‘sanctity of marriage’”). That’s the view of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Paisley, Rt Rev John Keenan, who was one of the authors of a “pastoral letter” read in every Scottish Catholic church last Sunday. The faithful were told that “life, ...

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Pope accepts O’Brien resignation

Cardinal Keith O'Brien

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the former leader of Scotland’s Catholics, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, from all clerical duties. This decision follows allegations of sexual impropriety made by four priests, who each claimed they had been subjetced to unwanted and inappropriate advances from O’Brien. The Vatican ordered O’Brien to spend some time in “prayer and penance” while a full ...

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Pro-equality bishop to visit Scotland

The Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson has been a consistent advocate for LGBTI rights

An outspoken and controverial bishop will be visiting Scotland on Saturday. The Right Revd Dr Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham, has been a vocal supporter of marriage equality and LGBTI rights more generally.  He is due to deliver a lecture at St John’s Episcopal Church, Edinburgh, on the subject of Christian Ethics. Last year, he told Pink News that “allowing ...

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