Archbishop of Canterbury on Homosexuality

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams

The archbishop of Canterbury has told homosexuals that they need to change their behaviour if they are to be welcomed into the church, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

Rowan Williams has distanced himself from his one-time liberal support of gay relationships and stressed that the tradition and teaching of the Church has in no way been altered by the Anglican Communion’s consecration of its first openly homosexual bishop.

The declaration by the archbishop – rebutting the idea that homosexuals should be included in the church unconditionally – marks a significant development in the church’s crisis over homosexuals. According to liberal and homosexual campaigners, it confirmed their fears that the archbishop has become increasingly conservative – and sparked accusations that he has performed an “astonishing” U-turn over the homosexual issue.

This is very encouraging. [HT: Boar’s Head Tavern]

About Alastair Roberts

Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) writes in the areas of biblical theology and ethics, but frequently trespasses beyond these bounds. He participates in the weekly Mere Fidelity podcast, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, and tweets at @zugzwanged.
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6 Responses to Archbishop of Canterbury on Homosexuality

  1. Renee says:

    Thanks for posting this. It’s interesting to hear what church officials are saying about the issues involved. Diversity concerning beliefs about homosexuality could utterly rupture my Presbyterian denomination. I certainly hope it doesn’t come to that though.

  2. Ashley Proctor says:

    Very encouraging indeed.

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  4. B.Ahmed PHD says:

    People Who believe in ALMIGHTY GOD as the creator, Protector and Sustainer & the Ressurection will certainly stay away from all evil paths.
    I speak as an ordinary Muslim , We believe in the original Holy Tora, Holy Bible & the last Testament HOLY QURAN!
    All propagate of OneNess of ALMIGHTY GOD.Jesus Sid HE IS MY LORD & Your LORD. He also said He himself has no power. When He called some one from grave He called in the name of ALMIGHTY GOD.When we call for any help we seek help from ALMIGHTY GOD alone not from Our Prophet Muhammed(PBUH) nor from Jesus or Abraham but yes We pray ALMIGHTY help us for the Love of your Prophets.The way a man has no two Fathers , sameway there cannot be two GODS.
    I call upon all true believes to think about the ONENESS OF GOD & do justice to all mankind & be kind to all and stay away from all evil habits.
    Thank you.

  5. But have you heard what he said today?

  6. Al says:

    Yes, I did hear what he said. I also think that there is a lot of sense to what he is saying, even if I might not want to align myself completely with him on this issue.

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