According to the Times of London, homosexual priests in the Church of England will be allowed to marry their boyfriends under a proposal drawn up by senior bishops. Gay and lesbian clergy will be able to cohabit in civil partnerships and be allowed the joint financial benefits afforded het couples – ahh, but not the pleasures of sex.
Under the proposal, a priest intending to register a civil partnership would inform his or her bishop in a face-to-face meeting. The priest would then give an undertaking to uphold the teaching of the Church of England, outlined in the 1991 document Issues in Human Sexuality. This paper prohibits sex for gay clergy.
We wonder though, if sex is prohibited between civil partners, is it still permitted between clergy and flock?