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Williams admits failings over church split

2012-09-08 19:18

London - Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has admitted he didn't do enough to prevent sharp divisions within the Anglican church over homosexuality.

Williams, who is stepping down in December, spent much of his decade as archbishop trying to hold the diverse Anglican Communion together after the ordination of the first openly homosexual Anglican bishop, American Gene Robinson, split traditionalists, such as African churches, and liberals.

"I don't think I've got it right over the last 10 years. It might have helped a lot if I'd gone sooner to the United States when things began to get difficult about the ordination of gay bishops, and engaged more directly," he told Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper in an interview published Saturday.

"I know that I've, at various points, disappointed both conservatives and liberals."

The archbishop reiterated the church's opposition to gay marriage but said it had been "wrong" in its past treatment of homosexuals.

"We've not exactly been on the forefront of pressing for civic equality for homosexual people, and we were wrong about that," he told the newspaper.

Williams, 62, also said the Anglican Church is drawing up plans to overhaul the global duties of the Archbishop of Canterbury and introduce the role of a "presidential" figure.

That figure would ideally oversee the day-to-day running of the Anglican Communion so the archbishop can concentrate on leading the Church of England, he told the newspaper.

When he steps down, Williams will take up a new post as master of Magdalene College, Cambridge.

He was appointed in 2002 as archbishop of Canterbury, the senior official in the Church of England and the spiritual leader of the global Anglican Communion, which says it represents 85 million people worldwide.

Comments
  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-09-08 20:56

    If your sexual orientation makes you feel uncomfortable in your religious setting just leave. Go and find or establish your own church. Only fair. No imposement of belief system on others. Only fair and self-protection because you could have been the victim of what you are trying to impose on the church you find yourself in. Just leave. But now we see once again how religion and belief systems can set their sales to the wind as convenience requires. More reason to distrust religion and point out its unreliability and the unreliabiility of their source material so the world can realise what is taking place - with the average (laity) people not so up to date or conversant with the source material being taken for, and held for, fools.

  • zaatheist - 2012-09-09 09:45

    How disappointing that the Anglican Church as sunk into the morass of homophobic hared so common throughout the 30000+ cults of the religion which identifies itself as Christianity. American Jesus must be so proud to see how people who claim to be his followers spew hatred and practice intolerance in his name.

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