It’s the last legislative day, and the House of Deputies spent this morning’s session mostly in debate of resolution C056, calling for the collection and development of theological and liturgical resources for blessing same-gender relationships. Of note to dioceses in states such as Massachusetts where same-gender marriage is legal, the resolution also says that bishops “may provide generous pastoral response to meet the needs of members of the church.”
Some of the ongoing debate has been focused on exactly what “generous pastoral response” means. Bishop M. Thomas Shaw, SSJE said in this Religion News Service story posted at Beliefnet that he is not putting forth an interpretation until he’s had a chance to confer further with colleagues and members of the diocese.
“I am pleased they gave us the pastoral generosity we need to deal with our context in Massachusetts,” Bishop Shaw said.
The results of this morning’s vote by orders in the House of Deputies were not announced before the break for the convention’s closing Eucharist at 11:30 a.m. Pacific time. The final legislative session of convention resumes at 2 p.m.