Anglican Samizdat

May 2, 2009

The Anglican Church of Canada Theological Commission’s paper on Same Sex Hanky-Panky

Filed under: Anglican Church of Canada — David Jenkins @ 2:49 pm

The Primate’s Theological Commission has produced a new paper; it has taken 2 years to ferment and has now been released at full potency. Anyone wishing to be beguiled by the full brunt of its soporific charm can read it here;  it isn’t very long and the title, “Integrity and Sanctity”, gives the game away. The article itself appears to be little more than a build-up for the main event: a softening up of the audience.

This means that a relationship may have the potential for sanctity, but even a relationship that is specifically ordered toward the sanctification of its members is dependent upon whether or not they actively pursue holiness within that relationship. And since holiness consists in loving God, and loving God consists in doing God’s will, a relationship will be holy only to the extent that its members are doing God’s will.

In short, when we speak of the “integrity of every human person” and “the sanctity of human relationships,” we are speaking not of a quality inherent in ourselves, but of the destiny for which every human person was created – to become who we were made to be in Christ, in conformity to the will of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The quoted paragraphs illustrate the art of Anglican Ambiguity at its most refined: say something that could appeal to anyone. Nevertheless, I think the stage has been set: all that is missing is the paper that announces “God made me the way I am: gayness is a gift”. Once that appears, this paper’s “to become who we were made to be in Christ” will transport us to the finish line: same sex blessings coming to an Anglican church close to you in 2010.


1 Comment

  1. Blessings? more like marriage approved in 2010!

    Comment by Steve L. — May 2, 2009 @ 5:50 pm

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