The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, has warned that quoting the Bible won't settle arguments about same-sex marriage or assisted dying. He told the Governing Body of the Church in Wales in Llandudno that attitudes depend on upbringing, education and which part of the Bible is emphasised.
The Governing Body includes the six Welsh bishops as well as representatives of the clergy and of church-goers. The Archbishop reminded them that the Church could change its mind. Today it disagreed with the state's view on same-sex marriage, in the past the disagreement had been about divorce.
Dr Morgan said peoples’ lives would be affected by the Church’s response and warned of the danger of the Church being seen as homophobic. However, he urged clergy keen to redress the balance and publicly bless same-sex marriages to be patient.
Same-sex marriage and assisted dying are among the issues to be discussed by clergy and lay people from across Wales, at a key Church meeting today.
The meeting will take place over two days at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.
Members of the Church in Wales' Governing Body will consider reports on the two sometimes controversial subjects.
The 144 members will be put into small groups to discuss the reports, which outline the theological perspective on the issues.
They will not be asked to decide the Church's views on either.
Also on the agenda will be discussions about guidelines to accompany the Canon to ordain women as bishops.
A conserved screen in the small Vale of Glamorgan church of St Cadoc’s, Llancarfan, will be unveiled next week.
The gilded early 15th Century reredos is described as extraordinarily intricate.
The Church in Wales says it's been painstakingly returned to former glory by a team of three specialists, over the last six months.
It says the mystery remains as to why a work of the magnificence of the reredos is tucked away in a village church like St Cadoc’s.
One theory is that it began life elsewhere and only moved to Llancarfan when it was 200 years-old, in the mid 1600s.
The end of four years of conservation work at the church, which included the discovery and restoration of Medieval wall paintings of St George and the Dragon and the Seven Deadly Sins, will be marked with a Celebration Evening.
All of the bishops from the Church in Wales have signed an open later to the Ministry of Defence - calling for the minimum age for people joining the army to be raised to 18.
Britain is currently among a minority of countries where the minimum voluntary recruitment age is 16.
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Bishops from the Church in Wales are calling for an end to recruiting under 18s to the Army.
Currently 16 year olds can join with parental consent.
The church says the current policy is channelling the youngest, most disadvantaged recruits into the most dangerous frontline combat roles. But The Ministry of Defence says this ignores the opportunities that a military career offers, as Tom Sheldrick reports.
These young trainees are preparing to apply to the Armed Forces. They're currently undergoing training at the Military Preparation Collage in Cardiff. All three disagree with calls that there should be a minimum age of 18 to join the Armed Forces.
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The MoD says it has no plans to revisit its recruitment policy for under-18s.
It follows calls from bishops in Wales to raise the minimum Army enlistment age from 16 to 18 years old.
All the bishops from the Church in Wales have signed an open letter from charity Child Soldiers International, calling for an end to recruitment of under-18s to the Army.
The Church in Wales is calling for an end to recruitment of under-18s to the Army.
All the bishops from the Church in Wales have signed an open letter from campaign group Child Soldiers International. They say the MoD should raise the minimum enlistment age from 16 to 18 years old.
The letter, addressed to Defence Minister Mark Francois said,
'We commend the MoD for having ceased routinely deploying children into conflict, but challenge its failure to stop recruiting them'.
It also said, 'Those recruited at 16 have faced double the risk of fatality of adult recruits throughout the conflict in Afghanistan.'
Builder Lee Mayes was inspired by his church renovation project so much - he had the chapel's holy crosses tattooed on his arm.
The 43 year-old site manager was working at St Illtud’s Church in Llantwit Major where celtic crosses have been rehoused in a 13th century chapel.
“I’m not a religious person but as soon as I saw the Celtic designs I knew that I wanted to be involved in this project. I saw the designs on the stones and thought to myself, ‘I’m going to have that on my arm,’” said Lee.
The crosses which date back more than 1,000 years were relocated during a £850,000 refurbishment project which has seen the roofless ruin brought back to life a visitor centre.
The Galilee Chapel will be officially opened on Saturday, November 2, by the oldest member of the church 94 year-old Gladys Kilby.