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ALEXANDRIA, La. - The leadership of the Episcopal Church, which is one of the largest Christian U.S. denominations, has voted and approved "same sex blessings" to be performed by their clergy. But there is a catch; the ceremony can only be performed if the Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese allows for it. News Channel Five's Nolan Crane reports.

Bishop D. Bruce Macpherson knows his stance on same-sex blessings.

"It's contradictory to scripture, to our tradition, to those things that hold true," says Bishop D. Bruce Macpherson.

That's why he is upset that he was outvoted by his fellow bishops across the country, to allow for same sex blessings to be performed by their clergy. He says same-sex blessings go against the scriptures.

"I was one of the 41 bishops that voted in opposition to this," says Bishop D. Bruce Macpherson.

He's not alone in his beliefs. Father Matthew Frick is happy to know that his bishop will not make him perform same-sex blessings.

"The scriptures are abundantly clear about homosexuality being a form of sexual immorality as such, what the scriptures do not speak well of, I cannot speak well of," says Father Matthew Frick.

Both men say they agree that same-sex blessings are really just another way to say same-sex marriage.

"If it looks like a duck, talks like a duck, and walks like a duck, then it must be a duck. It looks like a wedding, it sounds like a wedding, therefore, what it is but a wedding? You can call it whatever you want to call it but in fact that's what it is," says Father Matthew Frick.

"It is not a marriage, but it has all of the signs of those things, it has an exchange of vowels, it has an exchange of blessing, an exchange of rings," says Bishop D. Bruce Macpherson.

But they are in the minority in their opinion. Of the 152 bishops that voted on this issue across the nation, the overwhelming majority of them said they believed the blessing was the right thing to do. But in this parish, the bishop and father say, they believe their stance against the blessing is right, and say their congregation stands behind them.

"We're very united in this particular parish on this issue and many others like it," says Father Matthew Frick.

Bishop Macpherson is retiring on Saturday, but he still says that his replacement will not be for the same sex blessings. He says the new bishop believes the blessings are not scriptural.

 

 

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