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AUSTIN, TX: B012 opens way for Episcopal Churchwide same-sex weddings

AUSTIN, TX: B012 opens way for Episcopal Churchwide same-sex weddings
All conscience clauses stripped from final draft

By Mary Ann Mueller
VOL Special Correspondent
www.virtueonline.org
July 7, 2018

Friday (July 6), Resolution B012 did not survive the Committee to Receive the Report of Resolution A169 legislative hearings unscathed. The initial resolution, which would provide Marriage Rites for the Whole Church, was sliced and diced and when it was again put to paper, it was a mere shadow of its former self. Entire portions of the proposed legislation were missing. New stanzas were added. Only two paragraphs remained unchanged. The remaining four clauses were tweaked -- a word or two struck here or a phrase added there.

The trimmed down version of B012 is slated to be discussed on the floor of the House of Deputies on Saturday (July 7). If it passes the lower house, it will be trotted over to the House of Bishops for a final discussion and vote.

MISSING IN ACTION

GONE: That where diocesan canons or bishops exercising ecclesiastical authority do not authorize the use of these liturgies for persons of the same sex, congregations may request, and when requesting shall receive delegated episcopal pastoral oversight (DEPO) by a bishop of this Church who shall provide access to these liturgies, as permitted by civil law ...

GONE: That the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music study and monitor the ongoing trial use of these rites, and report and make recommendations to the 80th General Convention on any modifications or additions that may be judged advisable ...

GONE: That the provision of Canon I.18.7 applies by extension to these liturgies, namely, "It shall be within the discretion of any Member of the Clergy of this Church to decline to solemnize or bless any marriage" ...

GONE: That the provisions of Canon I.19.3 regarding marriage after divorce apply equally to these liturgies, in accordance with guidelines established by each diocese or bishop exercising delegated oversight ...

GONE: That ... no lay person, bishop, priest, or deacon should be coerced or penalized in any manner, nor suffer any canonical disabilities, as a result of his or her theological support for or objection to the 79th General Convention's action pertaining to this resolution ...

GONE: That the 79th General Convention direct the Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Deputies to appoint jointly a Task Force on Communion across Difference, consisting of not more than 14 people, who represent the diversity in this Church with respect to cultural background, age, race, gender, and sexual orientation, including members from countries other than the United States, half of whom hold that marriage is a "covenant between a man and a woman" (BCP, 422), half of whom hold that marriage is a "covenant between two people" in the presence of God (Resolution 2018-A085), and all of whom seek a pathway toward mutual flourishing in The Episcopal Church ...

GONE: That the Task Force seek a lasting path forward for mutual flourishing consistent with this Church's polity and the 2015 "Communion across Difference" statement of the House of Bishops, affirming (1) the clear decision of General Convention that Christian marriage is a covenant open to two people of the same sex or of the opposite sex, (2) its firm commitment to make provision for all couples asking to be married in this Church to have access to authorized liturgies; and also affirming (3) the indispensable place that the minority who hold to this Church's historic teaching on marriage have in our common life, whose witness our Church needs ...

GONE: That the Task Force consult widely with members of this Church who represent its diversity of cultural background, age, race, gender, and sexual orientation, particularly its members in countries other than the United States; and also with representatives from the Anglican Communion, our full-communion ecumenical partners, and those churches with whom we carry on ecumenical dialogues ...

GONE: That the Task Force report and make recommendations to the 80th General Convention, ending its term at that time except by further action of General Convention ...

GONE: That the General Convention request the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance to consider a budget allocation of $90,000 for the implementation of this resolution ...

ADDITIONS

ADDED: That the SCLM monitor the use of these rites as part of their work of revising the Book of Common Prayer ...

ADDED: That the material prepared by the TFSM with regard to paragraph one of "Concerning the Service" of Marriage, the proper prefaces for Marriage and the Catechism be referred to the SCLM for serious consideration as they engage in the process of revision of the Book of Common Prayer ...

ADDED: That the provision of Canon I.18.7 applies by extension to these liturgies, namely, "It shall be within the discretion of any Member of the Clergy of this Church to decline to solemnize or bless any marriage" ...

ADDED: That the provisions of Canon I.19.3 regarding marriage after divorce apply equally to these liturgies ...

ADDED: That bishops exercising ecclesiastical authority, or where appropriate ecclesiastical supervision, who hold a theological position that does not embrace marriage for same sex couples, shall in the case of remarriage after divorce, invite another bishop of this Church to oversee the consent process and to receive any report of such Marriages, as provided in Canon I.19.3(c) ...

ADDED: That the 79th General Convention request the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget, and Finance to consider a budget allocation of $100,000 for the implementation of this resolution ...

ADDED: That the 79th General Convention direct the Secretary of General Convention and the Custodian of the Standard Book of Common Prayer, in consultation with the outgoing Chair of the Task Force on the Study of Marriage and the Chairs of the Legislative Committees to whom this legislation is referred, to finalize and arrange with Church Publishing for the publication (in English, Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole) of the material contained in "Liturgical Resources 2" as approved by the 79th General Convention; the General Convention Office to make these materials available electronically at no cost no later than the first Sunday of Advent 2018 ...

LEFT UNSCATHED

NOT CHANGED: That the 79th General Convention authorize for trial use, in accordance with Article X of the Constitution and Canon II.3.6, "The Blessing of a Civil Marriage 2" and "An Order for Marriage 2" (as appended to the report of the Task Force for the Study of Marriage to the 79th General Convention), beginning the first Sunday of Advent 2018 ...

NOT CHANGED: That bishops continue the work of leading the Church in comprehensive engagement with these materials and continue to provide generous pastoral response to meet the needs of members of this Church ...

Mary Ann Mueller is a journalist living in Texas. She is a regular contributor to VirtueOnline

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