January 23, 2020
The Church of England has been mocked after it was at pains to make clear that it believes sex should be reserved only for married heterosexual couples.
Church Of England Ridiculed For Sex Is Only For Married Heterosexual Couples Guidance
New guidance issued by bishops following the the introduction of mixed-sex civil partnerships states that Christians in gay or straight civil partnerships should stay away from sex.
The new, opaque declaration refers to marriage as “the lifelong union between a man and a woman”, and says this “remains the proper context for sexual activity”.
The church seeks to “uphold that standard” in its approach to civil partnerships and believes that sexual relationships “outside heterosexual marriage are regarded as falling short of God’s purposes for human beings”.
What’s more, civil partnerships should be no more than “sexually abstinent friendships”.
“The introduction of same sex marriage [...] has not changed the church’s teaching on marriage or same sex relationships,” it underlines in the document referred to as a “pastoral statement”.
Same-sex civil partnerships have been legal since 2005 and same-sex marriage was introduced in 2013.
While the statement from the House of Bishops may please conservatives, there were some eyebrows raised by Twitter users – notably over how Henry VIII observed many of the church’s tenets less than impeccably.  "Sex is for married heterosexual couples only," says the church founded by an adulterous bloated king with tertiary syphilis who threw a tantrum because he couldn't divorce his wife to marry his mistress, whom he later beheaded. https://t.co/3gdLCyFrhd— Guillotines N' Roses (Taheerah Barney)🌹 (@fleshandbrand) January 23, 2020The English, not content with bland food, also want bland sex. https://t.co/8jJlyJLJoI— Héctor E. Alcalá (@Hector_E_Alcala) January 23, 2020In fact, most people appeared to be happily going about their business when the bishops’ advice dropped.No one:Church of England: “Sexual relationships outside heterosexual marriage are regarded as falling short of God’s purpose for human beings.”Me: FFS— Bethanne Patrick (@TheBookMaven) January 23, 2020People settling into their jobs:Children playing in a schoolyard:Fire fighters tending to fires:The Church of England: HERE YE, HERE YE!... https://t.co/fakyHs8tsL— dan levy (@danjlevy) January 23, 2020Some spotted loopholes.That’s true. FUCKING is for the rest of us. https://t.co/36DLbx1PGf— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) January 23, 2020You do know that people will have sex regardless of your policy right? https://t.co/7IWolb4aHl— Philip Normal (@philipnormal) January 23, 2020fine, I'll just have sex with married heterosexual couples from now on https://t.co/3dPGvc32o2— Marie Le Conte (@youngvulgarian) January 23, 2020my experiences would suggest otherwise https://t.co/3IHubwz1dJ— Hannah Jane Parkinson (@ladyhaja) January 23, 2020Others had their own advice for the church. Dear Church of England, and Churches everywhere (99% of which are run by men):Evolve. That’s all. Just stop fighting evolution. Stop judging others and focus on...Evolving. Thanks. pic.twitter.com/DZXJCDafyy— Carol Johnson AKA Cleo Everest (@CleoEverest) January 23, 2020And the responses soon went beyond perhaps what the church expected.“Forgive me Father, for I have rimmed”https://t.co/MF55575YoY— Tom [PositiveLad] 🇪🇺 🏳️‍🌈 (@PositiveLad) January 23, 2020I have some questions for the Church of England vicar who let me bareback him in 2016. https://t.co/JapxuVMcVq— Philip Ellis (@Philip_Ellis) January 23, 2020Do you ever find yourself thinking “I may live to regret this tweet”— Philip Ellis (@Philip_Ellis) January 23, 2020Related... Oh Lord! My 4-Year-Old Wants To Know If Jesus Is Real What Is A Civil Partnership And How Is It Different From Getting Married? Neglecting The Poor Defies The Example Of Christ, Says Archbishop Of Canterbury
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