Archbishop who married lesbians censured

Oct. 2, 2006 at 9:51 AM
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TORONTO, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- A retired Canadian Anglican archbishop who blessed a lesbian couple has had his license to perform weddings suspended until the end of the year.

The wedding ceremony officiated by Archbishop Terence Finlay took place this past summer in the British Columbia diocese of New Westminster and involved the daughter of one of Finlay's former theology professors, the Times of London reported.

Finlay is the retired Metropolitan of the province of Ontario and made headlines in the 1990s for dismissing a priest who was in a homosexual relationship. More recently, he told the Anglican Journal he has since arrived at a new understanding of homosexuality.

For conducting the lesbian wedding, the Bishop of Toronto Colin Johnson issued a reprimand and suspended his license to officiate at marriage suspended until the end of the year.

The Anglican Church worldwide is grappling with the issue of same-sex marriages and homosexuality in general. The debate came to a head in 2003 when the U.S. church elected an openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson, in New Hampshire.

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