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Presbyterian moderator defends split with Scottish church - 'Why we had to take a stand'

 

Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland Dr Charles McMullen and wife Barbara
Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland Dr Charles McMullen and wife Barbara
The Rt Rev Susan Brown
At the opening night of the General Assembly when Charles became Presbyterian Moderator were, from left, son Samuel, wife Barbara,Charles, daughter Lydia and son David
The Moderator is pictured chairing the recent meeting, last month, of Church leaders and Northern Ireland’s political leaders in Assembly Buildings, Belfast

by lindy mcdowell

THE Moderator of the Presbyterian Church, Dr Charles McMullen, has defended the decision to cut ties with the Church of Scotland over gay marriage.

In his first major interview since taking office, Dr McMullen (right) said he was heartbroken by the split, but explained that the General Assembly wanted "to put a marker down" on the issue.

However, the church leader said he is relieved that good day-to-day relationships are being maintained with their Scottish counterparts.

And he insists that the Church welcomes gay people and will continue "to reject homophobia in all its forms".

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