THE Bishops of Gloucester and Worcester have called for the
Church to acknowledge that it is out of step with society on the
issue of homosexuality.
The Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge, was reported in
Worcester News last Friday as saying that the Church
should "reflect deeply" on the Archbishop of Canterbury's comments
last month that young people viewed the Church as "wicked" because
of its official stance on same-sex relationships (News, 30
"For the first time in many generations," Dr Inge said, "our
traditional teaching is being seen by large numbers of people as
being on the wrong side of the moral argument. It's important that
we recognise this, and do some soul-searching, recognising that God
doesn't only speak through the Church of England."
Speaking at a meeting of the Gloucestershire Gay and Lesbian
Community last Friday, the Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Revd
Michael Perham, said that the Church should be "sorry" because it
had "not treated the gay, lesbian, and transgender community very
well". His remarks were reported in the Gloucestershire
"The Church may be moving slowly," he said, "but it will get
there. The vast majority of Christians are moving relatively fast
towards a more modern way of thinking, and towards a position where
they should be. It is a place where they should have reached a long
time ago, but clearly not as quickly as the rest of society. .
"The Church's view on same-sex marriage is not sustainable. . .
We should all celebrate committed, faithful, and loving