William Temple was an anglican Priest, a Bishop and Archbishop of Catherbury in the first half of the twentieth century. Je was a significant theolgogian with a particuler interest in social justice. His theological work made a significant contribution to Christian thought, while his interest in the poorer people in society and their living conditions were well known. His dicta include the remark that the Church is an organisation that exists for those who are not its members. Sharing knowledge, looking after people our concerns without condition, but inspired by Christian faith is a necessity of the Gospel.
This section of the site is concerned with interesting document about current issues. A debate that that on marriage for all does not finish with the adoption of a law. Christian ministry is carried out in society as it is, including the contribution of the church and it does not finish because circumstances change. The nature of marriage is important and the Christian voice deserves a place at the table among those who work for and with their fellow human biengs.
marriage for all
Theological and confessional aspects
The Church and Plurality
Legally, marriage is a contract between two individuals. In France a woman keeps her maiden name but "wife" is added followed by the surname of the husband. In England, therefore in countries with an Anglo-Saxon tradition, a wife changes her surname (with recent exceptions). At the end of the wedding service the couple sign the register withe the priest as officiant and twow witnesses. The wife signs with her Christian names and her maiden surname (the maiden surname to sign the contract before chaning family name). The marriage certificate, provided by the church, is a document recognised by the state. Civil marriage exists in the United Kingdom and people restort increasingly to civil marriage.
The Church of England his reticent about marraige between person of the same sex but a blessing following a civil marriage is possible.
In France the Mayor, or a deputy conducts the legal ceremony which must always take place before the religious service. In the Catholic Church marriage is a sacrament, therefore the role of the Church is fundamental. For the Protestants there are only two sacraments, Baptism and the Lord's Supper, therefore the role of the marraige service is closer to a blessing.
With knowledge of these differences it is easier to interpret the documents on the site.