Anglican theologian and writer, Ian Paul, speaks to Christian Today about the significance of the Church of England General Synod’s decision to back same-sex blessings, his plea to the bishops, and why he has no plans to leave.
CT: How do you feel after last week’s vote?
IP: I feel frustrated because unfortunately there’s been a good deal of dishonesty in the conversation, especially when you take some of the public statements from bishops or diocesan communications, and compare them with what was actually said. That’s really unhelpful. Secondly, I feel saddened hearing messages from many clergy and colleagues saying, ‘Well, if this is the Church of England then I need to look elsewhere.’
I think the way that the discussion has been communicated is doing huge damage to the Church of England,…