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January 5th, 2013
09:34 AM ET

Priests in same-sex relationships may become Anglican Bishops

By Ben Brumfield, CNN

(CNN) - Men in a civil union will now be allowed to become bishops in the Church of England, but they are not allowed to have sex.

Intercourse between two men - or two women - remains a sin.

"Homosexual genital acts fall short of the Christian ideal and are to be met with a call to repentance and the exercise of compassion," according to Anglican doctrine.

Men and women in same-sex unions were already allowed to serve as priests in the Church of England, but there was a moratorium on advancement to the episcopate - becoming a bishop - while the church considered the issue.

The church announced Friday that if men in celibate civil unions may be priests, then there is no reason for them not to be bishops, as long as they are "living in accordance with the teaching of the Church on human sexuality."

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Anglican • Christianity • Church and state • Homosexuality • United Kingdom

soundoff (191 Responses)
  1. David

    It's progress, I suppose.

    February 11, 2013 at 5:35 am |
  2. rogercao4

    Why is this up here? People need to reread Genesis with Adam and Eve.

    February 10, 2013 at 10:32 am |
  3. NII

    Now who checks the priest to see they are celibate? Hidden camera?

    January 24, 2013 at 9:47 am |
  4. Meia

    This is by far the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. Why is anyone in this religious sect? I think I'll get a cup of coffee.

    January 20, 2013 at 8:45 am |
  5. Lazarus

    Ridiculus.. Rules are rules no matter what.

    January 14, 2013 at 6:56 pm |
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