June 20, 2008

Archbishops outraged by gay wedding ceremony

by David Masters

The leaders of the Church of England have expressed their concern following a wedding-style religious ceremony that was held between two male priests in an Anglican church.

Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, and John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, issued a joint statement this week regarding the ceremony that has left conservatives members of the Anglican communion fuming.

Revd. Peter Cowell and Revd. Dr. David Lord exchanged rings and vows in a service at St. Bartholomew the Great Church in London last month.

News of the ceremony only emerged this weekend.

The priest who conducted the ceremony, Revd. Martin Dudley, has been admonished by the Right Revd. Richard Chartres, Bishop of London.

Bishop Chartres is said to be astonished that he was not consulted before the ceremony, which is believed to contravene Anglican guidelines on the blessing of civil partnerships.

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