We have issued a brief statement in response to yesterday’s decision by the Synod.
Adrian Alker, Chair of PCN Britain, responds to the House of Bishops’ report on Marriage and Same Sex Relationships
In a letter published in the Church Times on 3rd February, Adrian Alker says that he is “ashamed of the continuing hypocrisy of an institution loyally staffed by many gay and lesbian clergy” and that the hardening of heart against those in same sex relationships will further damage the Church of England.
Published in Church Times on 3rd February 2017 Adrian Alker wrote:
Despite two years of shared conversations across the dioceses, the bishops of the Church of England in this latest report on marriage and same sex relationships have underscored again how a conservative and evangelical hierarchy can so effectively dig in its heels, reproducing the same set of arguments which have been rehearsed many times. Although the report acknowledges the ‘contested tradition’ of Anglicanism, it is clear that ‘faithfulness to God’s word’ is seen to be understood as lying within the evangelical position. For ‘others’ the imperative to read scripture differently, stems from a ‘parallel conviction’, left unspecified!