Briefing: House of Bishops’ statement on Civil Partnerships

On the 22nd of January 2020, the Church of England released a "Pastoral Statement" from the House of Bishops to address the recent change in the law to extend civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples. This Fulcrum article is intended as something of a 'Briefing' to the statement, the subsequent discussion surrounding its publication and some food for thought as you consider your own response, conscious of the context of both Living in Love and Faith and Lambeth 2020.

The Pastoral Statement

Comment from individual Bishops

  • On the 26th of January, the Bishop of Gloucester published a letter on her diocesan website expressing frustration and sadness "at the way [the statement] was published."
  • Subsequently the diocesan Bishops of Worcester, Bristol, Newcastle, Sheffield, and Norwich all used Twitter to agree with Rachel Treweek. Among the suffragans, there was also support from the Bishops of Repton, Crediton, and Tewkesbury. Scroll down for their Tweets.
  • The Bishop of Lichfield and his suffragan Bishops of Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton published a brief pastoral note on the diocesan website.
  • The Bishop of Liverpool also tweeted about the Pastoral Statement but took a different tack. He pointed his followers to an Open Letter from Christina Baron, Revd Andrew Foreshew-Cain, Ven Peter Leonard and Jayne Ozanne. See below for his Tweet.
  • The new Bishop of Reading described the statement as cold, legalistic and loveless. See below for her Tweet.

Articles and comment of interest

Further coverage

The Episcopal comment on Twitter












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