Alderdice quits church af­ter row on gay cou­ples

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY MIR­ROR RE­PORTER

FOR­MER Assem­bly Speaker Lord Alderdice has re­signed from the Pres­by­te­rian Church.

The peer, who was an elder for three decades, said it is be­cause he dis­agrees with a se­ries of de­ci­sions.

The Pres­by­te­rian Church in Ire­land re­cently adopted a new pol­icy that means those in a same-sex re­la­tion­ship can­not be a full mem­ber of the church.

Now same-sex cou­ples can­not take com­mu­nion and their chil­dren can­not be bap­tised.

Lord Alderdice, the son of a min­is­ter, told the BBC pro­gramme The View: “It is no longer pos­si­ble for me to feel it is an ap­pro­pri­ate ex­pres­sion of my faith.

“So I have de­cided – af­ter 30 years as an elder and a life­time as a mem­ber of the Pres­by­te­rian Church – to re­sign from the el­der­ship and mem­ber­ship.”

For­mer Pres­by­te­rian mod­er­a­tor Rev­erend Stafford Car­son helped to for­mu­late the church’s pol­icy on same-sex mar­riage. He sat on the doc­trine com­mit­tee that backs the cur­rent pol­icy.

He told the BBC: “What we are say­ing is that to live in a same-sex re­la­tion­ship does not co­here with the teach­ing of Christ with re­gard to mar­riage and sex­u­al­ity.”

SHOCK Lord Alderdice

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