Newest Anglican Province Rebukes Church of England

Newest Anglican Province Rebukes Church of England

The newest province within the Anglican Communion has rebuked the Church of England over the Synod’s support to bless same-sex civil marriages.

The Anglican Church of Mozambique and Angola addressed the matter in a communique after their meeting in early March.

“The Anglican Church of Mozambique and Angola (IAMA) reaffirms its commitment to continue to teach and defend the biblical and orthodox doctrine on marriage as it has. Received it through the Holy Scriptures, the Book of Common Prayer, the 39 Articles of Religion and the customary laws of the people of this Province which define marriage and its blessings and prayers as the union between one man and one woman.  We will do all we can to protect and enhance these principles.

“We recognise that the departure of the Church of England in the direction it has taken creates serious implications for relationships with other Provinces.  Such relationships which need to be reflected upon and redefined in such a way that the boundaries which these decisions provoke are clearly known, in ordeals to define to what extend there will be a “walking together”.

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