Church of England compassion for same-sex pairs

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CHURCH of England priests have been told to “devise accommodations” for same-sex couples in their parishes, according to a report.

This will include “prayer” and “compassionate attention” but not “formal public blessings”, the document’s author said.

It is understood that these prayers could take place inside parish churches.

The Right Revd Dr Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry, who wrote the report, said: “This is part of the private, the personal, compassionate attention that a priest would give to people.

“It is not about public, formal recognition.”