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Congratulations! It’s a.. it’s a… it’s a Frankenclone !!

29 July 2010

The Diocese of Maryland scoops up some, ‘material,’ from the Diocese of Southern Ohio.

Bishop’s Guidelines Regarding the Blessing of Same-Gender Unions
Effective July, 2010

 These guidelines are for the clergy of the Diocese of Maryland in keeping with Resolution CO56 of the 2009 General Convention of the Episcopal Church that states that bishops “may provide generous pastoral responses to meet the needs of members of this Church,” and that we “honor the theological diversity of this Church in regard to matters of human sexuality.”

As to whether or not to engage in performing and blessing same-gender unions within the Diocese, I respect the pastoral judgment and decisions of the clergy under my pastoral oversight. No priest of the Diocese of Maryland, canonically resident or licensed in accordance with the canons of The Episcopal Church, shall be required to bless a union of persons of the same gender, neither shall they be required to bless a civil marriage performed in another state. ..

We have received permission from the Diocese of Southern Ohio to offer these theological and liturgical resources, and I recommend them for trial use in this Diocese: the “Theological Reflection” document, and the form provided for “The Blessing of a Sacred Union.” 

The Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton
Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Maryland 

Oh joy.

– Elder

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