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Inge says Church out of step on same-sex issue

13 September 2013

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 August).

"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 Echo.

"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 relationships."


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