Bishop Restricted for Refusing to Conduct Same-Sex Weddings

ChurchLeaders | 1/11/2019 | Staff
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Bishop Michael Curry, who gave the sermon at last year’s royal wedding, has just issued a Restriction on Ministry to Bishop William Love for banning same-sex weddings in Love’s Albany Diocese.

“In those instances where I find that this church is asking me to go in opposition to what God has spoken through Holy Scripture, God’s word will triumph in terms of my actions, and then this House will have to decide how you will deal with that,” Love said in his testimony before his fellow bishops in July. “But I will remain faithful to God’s word.”

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Bishop Curry has indeed decided how to deal with Love and has essentially forbidden him from taking any negative action toward any member of his diocese when it comes to the issue of same-sex marriage. Curry also noted that Love might be subject to discipline for refusing to follow Resolution B012.

The Episcopal Church passed Resolution B012 in July of 2018, compelling all of the church’s dioceses to perform same-sex marriages. Individual priests who feel that doing so would violate their consciences must find another priest willing to conduct those ceremonies. Before B012 passed, a diocese could refuse to conduct same-sex weddings.

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The resolution passed with a significant majority. Only eight bishops, including Love, disagreed with it. Before the resolution went into effect on Dec. 2nd, 2018, Love announced his refusal to follow the resolution in a statement in which he prohibited same-sex marriages in his diocese. In the statement, he said that the Episcopal Church was being influenced by the culture and deceived by Satan, who was dividing the church. God, Love believes, is going to judge the Episcopal Church and remove His blessing from it.

The Episcopal News Service (ENS) reports that after the resolution passed, Love was the...
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