The Archbishop of Canterbury told a group of bishops that church members had “dissented without hatred” this week “not a lot of the press wanted us to.”
Not released after the archbishop reaffirmed a 1998 Anglican statement rejecting same-sex marriage, sparking controversy over the church’s relationship with the LGBTQ+ community.
The resolution says that marriage is “between a man and a woman”, and that same-sex relationships are “inconsistent with the scriptures”.
On Tuesday, the archbishop said he cannot and will not punish churches for conducting same-sex marriage.
“I do not have, nor do I seek, the authority to discipline or exclude an Anglican Communion church,” he said.
“I wouldn’t do that.”
On Wednesday, however, comedian Sandi Toksvig criticized the church’s stance, saying the lives of LGBTQ+ people were “at stake”.
In response, the archbishop offered to meet Ms. Toksvig for coffee, adding that the threats she and other LGBTQ+ people “have experienced in the name of Jesus are a sin”.
Speaking at the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury on Friday, the Archbishop appeared to consult the row.
“We don’t hate as the enemy wants us to,” he said.
“And I can say, by the grace of God, this week we disagreed without hatred, unlike a lot of the press wanted us to do,” he said.
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The archbishop told attendees that a journalist friend of one of his sons had said his editor was frustrated that the disagreement was too civil.
“A friend of one of our children, one of our sons, a reporter who is a Christian said, ‘I’m happy and I’m sad, I’m glad this week I got see something new, people do not agree to love each other, but my news. the editor is very upset that there is nothing to say about that’. “
The archbishop’s comments came during the second keynote address at the Conference of Lambeth, a meeting of Anglican bishops convened every 10 years.
He also used his speech to list the church’s past mistakes, when he called for revolution to be part of the “institutional life” of the church.
“The church of God sought to remove the first nations, and the indigenous peoples, from the colonized territories.
“The church of God fanned the flames of anti-Semitism, providing the seabed and theology for the persecution of the Jews and, ultimately, for the Holocaust.
“The Church of God defends earthly power while surrendering to heavenly hope.
“The Church of God divides, divides, and treats dissenters like enemies to be tortured and killed or today vilified on social media and insulted. in many ways.”
The archbishop said that Christians are “revolutionaries” who understand “human sin”.
“We are revolutionaries,” he said.
“Communism began as a revolution, but as an atheist creed, it ignored man’s sin, and was destroyed by the unrepentant abuse of power.
“The Christian revolution must be a revolution of mercy and forgiveness, generosity and cohesion.
“Revolution should be part of the institutional life of Christ evangelists.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/archbishop-says-believers-disagree-without-hatred-amid-same-sex-marriage-row-41892801.html Archbishop says faithful ‘don’t agree without enmity’ amid same-sex marriage controversy