The Church of England now has no place for believers in the traditional family

The Church of England now has no place for believers in the traditional family, by Jane Kelly.

Being a member of the Church of England is to belong to a strange club, or so it seems to me. All the rules have changed since I joined as an infant…

Like most persons of the liberal Left [the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby,] is keen to eradicate the last vestiges of the evil Victorian age. Growing up in the 1960s I continually heard, particularly from the BBC, that the era of unparalleled prosperity which followed the Battle of Waterloo was in fact a shameful time of destructive imperialism, racism, misogyny, hypocrisy, poverty, ugly architecture, repression and stodgy food. …

In a sermon to the Mother’s Union in Winchester Cathedral, to celebrate 140 years of their support for motherhood, apple pie and Christian family life, he told them that gay marriage is now a reality “whether we like it or not.” … [The effect was to] to remind them that a Victorian golden age of traditional family values was only a sad “myth.”

What are those Victorian family values? One can hardly remember, but if they were anything to do with the marriage of a man and a woman, and if the man had any particular authority in the home, they are best buried and forgotten. He didn’t need to say any of that but advised them to face up to the, “reality of divorce, cohabitation and gay marriage in the 21st century.”

The dear Archbishop has no idea and no future:

He is leading a church which is rapidly and absurdly losing its way.

I realised the extent of this blind alley when I attended a debate in the University Church in Oxford two years ago, entitled, “the future of the church of England.” I thought this would be about tackling the the drastic decline in church numbers … This “Whither the Church” gathering turned out to be all about gay rights, or what was perceived to be the lack of them. In July 2015, it was revealed that the church had decided to spend over a quarter of a million pounds on retreats to discuss homosexuality using “conflict resolution experts.” …

The gospels mentions conflict resolution experts all the time. Not.

hat-tip Stephen Neil