Yes, it was indeed an April Fool. We’ve been meaning to do one for years, and we thought this should be the time. Thanks to everyone who was such good sports for linking to it, and sending us messages, in particular:
The Bishop of Liverpool says he is “in sympathy” with a move to allow religious same-sex partnerships. James Jones, a leading evangelical, seems to be undergoing a shift in his own views on sexuality over the past two years.
In a dramatic development, the House of Lords has voted to allow the use of religious premises and religious language in same-sex partnerships. Peers voted in favour of the proposal by 93 votes to 21, despite government opposition.
The Independent's leading article the day the Synod completed its business is alive to the dynamic of the Gospel message and the contradictions of Christianity in a way that some within the household struggle to see, and importantly it is more than just critique. It is a proposal for an alternative path.
The President of the Methodist Conference, David Gamble, has told the Church of England General Synod that he believes seeking the realm of God is more important than the existence of individual Churches.
The Church of England's General Synod has said it will go ahead with installing women as bishops, but a delay in draft legislation has left many frustrated and uncertain about how the plan will work in practice.
The campaign group WATCH (Women and the Church) has expressed "deep regret" that there will be no debate on the draft legislation for women bishops at the forthcoming General Synod of the Church of England - its governing body.