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Bishop of Cork address on liturgy for same-sex civil partnerships

 

Reform Ireland strongly reaffirms its commitment to marriage by definition being between one man and one woman. It is tragic to see the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross effectively endorsing a moral equivalence between marriage and same-sex partnerships. In our view this represents a betrayal of the church’s obligation to protect the dignity and sanctity of marriage and will directly contribute to the continuing undermining of family and matrimonial stability. As a consequence, marriage will increasingly become trivialised and disrespected until we are unable to prevent the absorption of almost any form of relationship under the label of ‘marriage’. That a bishop of the Church of Ireland is succumbing to pressure from the world on this clear and fundamental issue is intensely distressing.

We sincerely hope and pray that the Church of Ireland people of Cork diocese will stand up for orthodox and biblical truth when they come to give their verdict in any vote that the Bishop of Cork may seek concerning the blessing of same-sex unions.

Is the Bishop of Cork asking us to break the Anglican Covenant so soon after its adoption by General Synod?

Reform Ireland awaits the response of those members of the House of Bishops who would uphold the biblical and traditional teaching of the Church Catholic on human sexuality.

 

13th June 2011
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