The Anglican Church of Canada has decided the Episcopal Church USA is the wave of the future, according to the Episcopal News Service:
Members of the Anglican Church of Canada’s General Synod, meeting in Winnipeg, agreed June 24 that the blessing of same-gender unions is not in conflict with the church’s core doctrine, in the sense of being credal.
Debate resumed on the morning of June 24 after being suspended late Saturday, June 23.
The motion carried reads: “That this General Synod resolves that the blessing of same-sex unions is not in conflict with the core doctrine (in the sense of being credal) of the Anglican Church of Canada.”
The motion was carried by a vote of 152 for and 97 against in the House of Clergy and Laity, and by 21 for and 19 against in the House of Bishops.
So by a two-vote margin in one house, two thousand years of Christian ethical teaching goes out the window. As my eighth grade social studies teacher would have said, “Ain’t democracy grand?”
UPDATE: Apparently, even though same sex unions don’t violate the church’s “core doctrine,” that doesn’t mean they are actually going to authorize dioceses to carry them out. Again, according to ENS:
A motion that would have permitted the Anglican Church of Canada to bless same-gender unions was defeated June 24 by members of the Church’s General Synod, meeting in Winnipeg.
Motion A187, which passed in the houses of clergy and laity but failed by a narrow margin of two votes in the House of Bishops, would have allowed Canadian parishes to authorize the blessing of committed same-gender unions “with the concurrence of the diocesan bishop.”
The motion passed by 78 to 59 votes in the House of Laity and by 63 to 53 votes in the House of Clergy, but was defeated by 21 to 19 votes in the House of Bishops.
That, of course, won’t stop those Canadian bishops, such as Michael Ingham, from proceeding just as they please.