Saturday, July 16, 2011

Breaking - all the sacraments for all the baptized

The National Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada has approved two motions abolishing gender restrictions on marriage and consequently barriers to ordination for candidates in same-gender marriages, effectively granting gay and lesbian Anglicans in Canada access to marriage under the Waterloo Declaration, which recognizes Anglican and Lutheran presbyters as "priests in the church of God" and encouraged them to make use of one another's liturgical rites. The ELCiC's new Social Statement on Human Sexuality, adopted last night, is viewable in pdf.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I don't understand your title here, since it is clear from the document that this Lutheran church does not regard marriage in a sacramental way. You may do so, but the document does not in any way suggest a sacramental theology of marriage - quite the opposite it talks of marriage as a legal and civil entity, part of the Church's current 'context'. The documents' strongest theme is that the only boundaries the church can set for sex is against exploitation - there is no theologising of sex at all! MWB