The Episcopal Diocese of Albany’s annual convention is upcoming, June 6-8. (Click here for more information.) On the business agenda is consideration of rule (called canons) changes regarding marriage and ordination. The proposed text of these canon revisions follows.
The canon requires that the only marriage which may be celebrated or blessed in this Diocese shall be that of one man and one woman, and that diocesan or parish property not be used for marriages except that of one man and one woman.
Celebration or Blessing of Marriages by Clergy
1.1 Members of the Clergy Resident in or Licensed to Serve in this Diocese shall neither officiate at. nor facilitate, nor participate in, any service, whether public or private, for the Celebration or Blessing of a Marriage or any other union except between one man and one woman. Unions other than those of one man and one woman in Holy Matrimony, even if they be recognized in other jurisdictions, shall be neither recognized nor blessed in this Diocese.
Marriages on Church Property
1.2 Properties owned, controlled, managed, or operated by this Diocese, or any Parish of the Diocese, or any legal entity established by the Diocese or a parish of the Diocese, shall not be the site for an service, public or private, for the Celebration or Blessing of a Marriage or any other union except those between one man and one woman.
[This Canon, if adopted, will be the last numbered canon before the current CANON 16: AMENDMENT OF THESE CANONS, and all subsequent canons shall be renumbered accordingly.]
STANDARDS FOR ELECTION, LICENSING,
ORDINATION AND CONSECRATION
This canon requires that those persons who are ordained, or consecrated, and clergy who are elected, licensed or appointed, be married or celibate.
CANON 11.8 STANDARDS FOR CLERGY
Standards for Ordination and Consecration
11.8.a To be eligible to be ordained to the Diaconate or Priesthood, or consecrated a Bishop, a person must live within the covenant of Marriage between one man and one woman, or be celibate and abstinent.
Standards for Election, Appointing, and Licensing
11.8.b To be eligible to be elected, appointed or licensed to any position of ordained ministry in the Diocese, a member of the clergy must live within the covenant of Marriage between one man and one woman, or be celibate and abstinent.
[This canon shall, if adopted, be numbered 11.8 and appear in the canons after Canon 11.7 (which is mislabeled “11.3” in the 2007 Journal).]