The campaign against Resolution 8A at the Church of Ireland General Synod, which got under-way today, was successful as the resolution was ruled out of order. According the website of the Diocese of Down and Dromore
The Bishops’ Motion 8A on Human Sexuality did not come before the General Synod on a point of order. After submissions from several speakers, it was ruled that there was doubt as to whether motion 8A constituted a change of doctrine which would necessitate bringing a bill before Synod.
Following this ruling by The Archbishop of Armagh, the proposer (Archbishop of Dublin) and seconder (Bishop of Down and Dromore) withdrew the motions 8A and 8B altogether.
This is great news to those involved in the Campaign against the motion. But this of course is not the end of this. As the Gyronny Herald warns,
Whilst the Church of Ireland has seen off these motions today, we must remain vigilant as it is almost certain that some in our church will attempt something similar next year, and watch out at Diocesan Synods and Parish meetings for this issue being raised. Be on your guard.
So well done to the signatories of the Open Letter and those who signed the petition. It is time to make sure the LGBT people become fully active in the Church’s life to ensure that motions like this do not come back to Synod.
- Church of Ireland LGBT Campaign against Resolution 8A. (spiritualityireland.org)
- No way on 8a. Church of Ireland regressing on Homosexuality? (stephenspillane.com)
- LGBT Churchpeople still not being listened to @churchofireland (8anoway.com)
- Resolution 8A – it’s Anti-Gay. (8anoway.com)
- Lesbians write letter to members of General Synod as well (8anoway.com)