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Dean of Worcester: I agree with allowing equal marriage because ‘marriage is not an institution’

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  1. ‘Opinion peace’ be with you.

  2. What an intelligent man ….begs the question why does he believe in fairy tales …but good for him !

    1. That’s why it is called ‘faith’. It is having faith in what you believe to be true. If that is part of what makes this man happy, then as long as he doesn’t use it to beat down other people, I have no problem with that.

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 10 Jan 2013, 4:11pm

    Well said, Dean Atkinson, reasoned, rational, and logical. Now if those in opposition would evolve. We need to hear more of this from Anglican clergy who support equal marriage. They’re not all bad, obviously.

  4. The sad thing is that a clergyman exhibiting historical knowledge and intellectual integrity in this debate is so rare that it merits coverage in PN.

  5. Thank you, Dean for those wise words. Most welcome amidst all the hysteria.

  6. I bet the BBC don’t report this one.

    1. I just checked for Worcester location and nothing at all on their site…not that they would as it’s pro and well, to be honest normal and rational thinking.

  7. DANGERMOUSE 10 Jan 2013, 5:31pm

    At last a man of religion with a common sence and intelligent approach to the matter.

  8. Peter & Michael 10 Jan 2013, 5:49pm

    Good on him ! now that he has spoken out in support of SSM he will be pushed out of his job by the conservative right wing. We need more people like him.

  9. Brilliant, and yet more illustration that peoples’ claims to ‘eternal truths’ are in fact based on chronic amnesia.

  10. At last! A clergyman of reason, and one willing to take a public stance on the matter!

  11. Simon Weston 10 Jan 2013, 7:30pm

    What an absolutely brilliant response from The Dean of Worcester. Everything he has said is completely true but has been lost in the annuls of time. In fact, only a couple of generations ago marriage meant something different entirely!

  12. It clinches the argument with reason and compassion. It is a welcome voice and I urge Reverend Atkinson to, as in Matt 5:16, raise his voice. I hope he might get this into the hands of the MPs.

    It is not just the BBC’s fault his message isn’t getting heard. I imagine, the official C of E voice has the full support of a press office, and administration to get press releases out and arrange interviews.

  13. I really liked his statement about the ‘institution of marriage’…

    I had not thought of this before. Clearly if persons motivation to get married is because they want to join an institution then that is all a bit sad and probably not such a sound reason.

  14. What is also significant that in th Anglican church a cleric can voice an oppinion publicaly. Others can’t.

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