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09th Jun 2018

Irish Church – ‘Same-Sex Couples Can’t Be Full Members Or Baptise Their Children’

Darragh Berry

Same-sex couples are now being excluded from the church and are not see as full members.

They are no longer “eligible” to be a part of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland or have their children baptised, the church’s General Assembly has confirmed.

BBC has said that in a report by the church, they state that: “in the light of our understanding of scripture and the Church’s understanding of a credible profession of faith it is clear that same sex couples are not eligible for communicant membership nor are they qualified to receive baptism for their children.

“We believe that their outward conduct and lifestyle is at variance with a life of obedience to Christ.

“Homosexual activity is not consistent with Christian discipleship since it does not accord with the will of God expressed in his moral law”.

The church will not deny anyone communion or stop them from attending a service but they will not be considered as a ‘full member’ of the faith.

Recently the Bishop of Elphin hit headlines after he said those who voted yes in the recent referendum on the Eighth Amendment had sinned and needed to go to confession.

The Bishop’s comments were met with a classy and 21st century response in the evening by Priest Fr. Brian D’Arcy.

As well as this, ‘yes’ voters were told in this parish that they “weren’t welcome” at mass on Sunday.

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