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Methodist Clergy Escape Sanctions Over Gay Wedding

Monday, 06 Oct 2014 12:28 PM

A complaint against 36 United Methodist ministers who blessed a same-sex wedding in Philadelphia in defiance of church law has been resolved.

The clergy will face no discipline, but released a statement acknowledging they could be punished if they do it again.

The pastors blessed the Nov. 9 ceremony at Philadelphia's Arch Street United Methodist Church to show support for the Rev. Frank Schaefer, a colleague who faced church discipline for presiding over his gay son's wedding. That case is before the Methodist church's highest court.

The rebellious clergy and the Methodists who filed a complaint against them have agreed to meet to discuss their differences over gay marriage.

The denomination accepts gay members but bans "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" from becoming clergy and forbid ministers from performing same-sex marriages. The issue has caused a split within the church.

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A complaint against 36 United Methodist ministers who blessed a same-sex wedding in Philadelphia in defiance of church law has been resolved.The clergy will face no discipline, but released a statement acknowledging they could be punished if they do it again.The pastors...
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2014-28-06
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