Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Anglican Gay Row Intensifies with Second Canadian Blessings Request

The Montreal branch of the Anglican Church of Canada has urged its bishop to allow clergy to bless same-sex unions, becoming the second in the church body to make the request.

Days after the Diocese of Ottawa voted to ask its bishop to allow clergy to bless "duly solemnized and registered civil marriages between same-sex couples," the Montreal Diocese approved a similar motion on Friday, raising another red flag to conservative branches in the global Anglican Communion.

Some Anglicans in the diocese may not be happy with the decision, said Montreal bishop Barry Clarke, who concurred with the vote.

"But at least we can say we are out there and we can say that's where we stand," he said, according to the Anglican Journal. Read more

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