Church of England urged to offer same-sex blessings

Members of the clergy should be allowed to offer blessings to same-sex couples, a report commissioned by the Church of England has recommended.

The report, produced by four bishops and chaired by former civil servant Sir Joseph Pilling, does not propose offering a “formal liturgy”.

But it says priests should be “free” to give gay couples a “public service”.

The Church pointed out the report is for discussion and is “not a new policy statement from the Church of England”.

Read the full BBC report here, and a reaction by Andrew Brown in The Guardian here. A recording of an interview with the report’s author is here.

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