Tuesday, 11 December 2012
1. First of all, I do feel relief on behalf of those priests I know who would not want to carry out same sex marriage ceremonies as I do agree that it would be appalling if anyone should face legal threats as a result of acting on their conscience in respect of refusing to conduct a same sex marriage. Overall, I think this is a sad decision but the right one given the circumstances and I sincerely hope it will offer reassurance.
2. I can't help feeling the Church has been sidelined; it has been granted the protections it requires and will be regarded as having less stake in the whole issue. I also can't help feeling that the Church doesn't belong to us all - but then I felt that already.
3. Mrs Miller promised a "quadruple lock" to protect religious freedoms. The image of a quadruple lock is not an appealing one and the language of a padlocked freedom seemed strangely paradoxical and the image of that lock immediately made me think of that Advent theme of prisons.
God of justice and mercy, we look to you to teach us your way of love that offers us the only key which can release us from the prisons we create for ourselves and the prisons we inflict upon others. Amen.