By David Baker, Christian Today
Do you like fudge? According to the Archbishop of York, the Church of England has just ordered a truckload of the stuff.
Dr John Sentamu was commenting on the latest pastoral guidance from Anglican bishops regarding same-sex marriages. This states that those in such relationships cannot get ordained, nor can those already in ministry enter into them as this would “clearly be at variance with the teaching of the Church of England”.
But by contrast, when it comes to lay people, “same-sex couples who choose to marry should be welcomed into the life of the worshipping community and not be subjected to questioning about their lifestyle. Neither they nor any children they care for should be denied access to the sacraments.”
Dr John Sentamu said the Anglican view was therefore that clergy should follow the “expectation to live within the teaching of the Church, but for lay people and others they should be welcomed into the Church”. This, he declared, was “Anglican fudge”.