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Unfortunately, this does not resolve my concerns with the new policies. The "name and blessing" ritual is not an essential ritual of Mormonism, and Mormonism quite intentionally has no essential rituals for persons that do not have moral agency. Withholding the "name and blessing" ritual from those who desire it is still withholding a blessing. It still does not reflect my understanding of Christianity or Mormonism. It still appears to be exactly what my ancestor, George Q Cannon, criticized as an inappropriate approach to blessings. If we have bureaucratic problems, we should change the bureaucratic processes rather than access to blessings. There is no doctrine that prevents us from changing the bureaucratic processes. There is much doctrine that mandates compassion, as exemplified by unimpeded blessing of all who desire it.
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The additional clarification is nice insofar as it narrows the scope of applicability. However, it still does not fully resolve my concerns. The new policies, even interpreted in light of the latest clarification, withhold naming blessings and baptisms from children of gay persons that desire those rituals. It targets them exceptionally (along with children of polygamists) among the many kinds of parents with whom Church leaders have moral disagreements. Other exceptions are based on geography and not moral disagreements.
I imagine that Church leaders may be thinking that moral disagreements related to marriage are the hardest for children to deal with. I know of no evidence to support that. Moreover, hard or not, participation in Church activities is apparently still welcome. Why wouldn't the teachings of the Church be harder on the children of gay persons than the rituals of the Church, particularly when Church leaders are teaching that the rituals should be withheld?
It would be more consistent with professed concerns for children of gay persons if the Church were to prevent those children from attending Church activities generally. But of course that would be wrong too.
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