As the Church of England’s General Synod gathers this month, a senior cleric has highlighted a connection between the ongoing debate over same-sex relationships and marriage, and the latest scandal over historic abuse.

The Very Revd Prof Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, has made the link in an article published on the website of Modern Church, a society promoting liberal Christianity, of which he is a Vice President.

The former General Secretary of Modern Church has called on the House of Bishops to offer an alternative way forward on marriage and sexuality as it gathers for General Synod next week to debate its latest report on the ‘apparently never-ending’ issue of same-sex relationships.

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‘Setting God’s people free to do what they are told is a statement by Modern Church responding to a report by the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England.

The Archbishops’ report, Setting God’s People Free, aims to generate more active engagement by lay churchpeople. Modern Church supports the report’s concern to improve the relationships of lay people to their clergy.

October 2017 brings the 500th anniversary of the nailing of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses to the Wittenberg church door.

This event, although uncertain, and part of much wider unrest, is generally regarded as the beginning of a movement across the European churches that changed the face of Western Christianity for ever.

In response to a letter signed by almost 100 Evangelical Anglicans to the College of Bishops reported in the Church Times on 14th October 2016, prior to their next meeting to decide what proposals to bring to General Synod in February following the Shared Conversations on Scripture, Mission and Human Sexuality in the Church of England, Modern Church has issued the following statement: