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Gay Clergy No Longer Required to Swear Celibacy

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General Synod of Church of England

Credit: Church of England

by Harry Farley, Christian Today

Gay clergy will no longer be forced to vow celibacy under new proposals to be announced by Church of England bishops, according to the Sunday Times.

Current rules mean LGBT clergy promise to be sexually chaste, even if they are in a long term relationship, whenever they apply for a new role or seek promotion.

But changes thought to be put to the Church’s parliament, general synod, next month, would remove this requirement.

Gay clergy would still be expected to adhere to the Church’s teaching that intercourse should only be in heterosexual marriage, but their superiors, according to the Sunday Times, will not question them on it.

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