When it comes to the Anglican Communion, it’s not only possible to believe anything, it’s also possible to develop a high-church liturgy for everything.
Consider the text of an April 2015 motion proposed by the Diocese of Blackburn for review during the upcoming July 2015 General Synod of the Church of England. The text marks an individual’s gender transition, stating:
…to move on behalf of the Blackburn Diocesan Synod:
“That this Synod, recognising the need for transgender people to be welcomed and affirmed in their parish church, call on the House of Bishops to consider whether some nationally commended liturgical materials might be prepared to mark a person’s gender transition.
Studying the motion, one particularly astute commentor authored a collect for a welcoming/affirming ceremony. The commentor asks: “What will the collect look like?”
Here’s the text:
“Partially mighty God, who makes mistakes by placing female souls with male bodies and male souls with female bodies; we thank you for the gift of surgical techniques which can improve upon your justice. As we place our trust in the ‘social construct of gender fluidity’ rather than the waters of baptism, we claim the goodness of a new name for our transgender (brother/sister) and repent of our cisgender pride. Hail Cobra!”
The essence of humor is a kernel of truth that’s stretched beyond credulity.
This couldn’t possibly be what Pope Francis had in mind when he said “the Roman Catholic Church must be opening and welcoming to those outside of the faith,” is it?
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