RichardColes

Richard Coles

An Honourable Estate

Festival of Ideas/
Tue 08 March 2016

Richard Coles

An Honourable Estate

RichardColes
Tue 08 March 2016,

Perhaps the most divisive and difficult issue for the Church of England is the issue of marriage – especially, but not only, same sex marriage, which has made headlines in mainstream as well as church media. Even though the secular world, at least in some places, has adjusted to husbands and husbands and wives and wives without much difficulty, in the church it has been much more difficult. Clergy who offer blessings of same-sex unions in church have done so without the authority of their bishops – and one cleric, when he ‘upgraded’ his civil partnership to a marriage, received from his bishop not a blessing but a date with the Employment Tribunal.

To set out the problems, and to explore possible ways through them, Reverend Richard Coles looks at marriage in the Church of England and asks how it may continue to be, as the Book of Common Prayer puts it, ‘an honourable estate’.

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