Debate on same-sex marriage causes rift among Christian churches in Canada
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- The same-sex marriage debate has caused a rift in the ecumenical movement in southwestern Ontario.

The Catholic Diocese of Hamilton pulled out of the annual ecumenical service with Anglicans and Lutherans, after the Anglican Diocese of Niagara approved blessings for same-sex couples by a vote of 213-106 at a November synod, reported RNS.

Niagara’s Anglican Bishop Ralph Spence declined to endorse the vote, saying the diocese needed to discuss the issue further.

Hamilton’s Catholics, Anglicans and Lutherans have gathered for the past four years during the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in January to renew and reaffirm recognition of one another’s baptismal vows.

However, Catholic Bishop Anthony Tonnos withdrew from this year’s service at a meeting with his Anglican and Lutheran colleagues Dec. 3. The renewal of baptismal vows will go ahead between the Anglicans and the Lutherans.

Niagara is the second Canadian Anglican diocese to approve blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples. The first was the Diocese of New Westminster in British Columbia in 2002.  Last month, Canada’s largest Anglican diocese, Toronto, decided to defer a decision on the issue.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea

Liturgical Calendar

December 21, 2014


All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 21:23-27


Daily Readings

Gospel:: Lk 1: 26-38

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »


Homily of the Day

Mt 21:23-27