Swedish Lutherans warned by Anglicans on gay issue

A challenge for ecumenism
Leaders of the (Anglican) Church of England have warned the (Lutheran) Church of Sweden that if it agrees to expand the concept of marriage to include same-sex couples, it risks creating “immediate and negative” consequences for ecumenical relations.

“Although there is a continuing debate among Anglicans about human sexuality, the teaching and discipline of the Church of England, like that of the Anglican Communion as a whole . . . is that it is not right either to bless same-sex sexual relationships or to ordain those who are involved in them,” wrote Church of England bishops Christopher Hill and John Hind in a June 26 letter to Swedish Lutheran archbishop Anders Wejryd, it was recently learned.

The comments from the English bishops followed a letter from Wejryd saying that the Swedish parliament is in the process of deciding on a new marriage law that will include heterosexual and homosexual couples.


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