With the rise of legal same-sex marriages in several states, two ministers in the Anglican Communion said they will no longer perform civil marriages because they believe it is a violation of Christian teaching; and they have started a petition encouraging other Christian ministers to join them to that end.
The Reverend Canon Dr. Christopher Seitz, executive director of the Cranmer Institute, and Reverend Ephraim Radner, former pastor of a church in Colorado and now professor of Historical Theology at Wycliffe College in Toronto, launched a petition called “The Marriage Pledge” Tuesday on the conservative religious website First Things stating that all the undersigned will not perform civil marriages.
“As Christian ministers we must bear clear witness. This is a perilous time. Divorce and cohabitation have weakened marriage. We have been too complacent in our responses to these trends. Now marriage is being fundamentally redefined, and we are being tested yet again. If we fail to take clear action, we risk falsifying God’s Word.”
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The petition continues:
“Therefore, in our roles as Christian ministers, we, the undersigned, commit ourselves to disengaging civil and Christian marriage in the performance of our pastoral duties. We will no longer serve as agents of the state in marriage. We will no longer sign government-provided marriage certificates.
“We will ask couples to seek civil marriage separately from their church-related vows and blessings. We will preside only at those weddings that seek to establish a Christian marriage in accord with the principles – articulated and lived out from the beginning of the Church’s life.”
This comes only one day after Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of more than one billion Catholic Christians, said children have the “right” to a mother and a father. He made the remarks at the opening of a three-day interfaith conference called “The Complementary of Man and Woman” in Vatican City,” Catholic News Agency (CNA) reported.
“The family is the foundation of co-existence and a remedy against social fragmentation…Children have a right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother capable of creating a suitable environment for the child’s development and emotional maturity.”
H/T: The Daily Caller
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