Archbishop of Canterbury: Most Anglicans don’t support same-sex marriage

Lifesite News 5 Nov 2012
Despite apparent support for same-sex “marriage” from leadership in the Anglican Church, Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury admitted recently at a youth forum in New Zealand that most of those who fill the pews of Anglican Churches around the world favor a traditional definition of marriage.

According to a Taonga News report, the comment came during a question-and-answer session in which one of the participants asked, “New Zealand is debating a bill to authorize same sex marriage. What do Anglicans have to say about same sex marriage?”

“The Anglican Church has quite a lot to say about this issue – but it’s not always the same thing that people are saying,” Williams responded. “I’d say that for the vast majority of Anglicans in the world, the idea of same-sex marriage is not something they can come to terms with.”

Bishop Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the US Episcopal Church, who was also present at the event, responded to the question by saying that homosexuals “should have the same ability to live in a covenanted relationship with another person” as heterosexuals.

The issue of same-sex “marriage” has been a divisive one for the Anglican Communion. The ordination in the U.S. of openly homosexual Bishop Gene Robinson caused a rift between conservative and liberal factions in the church, which was deepened this year when the Episcopalian House of Bishops approved a blessing for homosexual unions.

Archbishop Peter Robinson, Presiding Bishop of the United Episcopal Church of North America, a conservative branch of Anglicanism that is outside the Anglican Communion, told that Rowan’s comments at the youth forum reveal that, whatever position the archbishop might personally maintain on the issue, he is a “realist” about the state of the Anglican Church.

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