In response to the question of whether homosexuality and gay marriage are sinful, the Church of England’s Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell said that the church’s new stance is that such relationships are OK when in “committed, stable, faithful relationships.”
He also said that relationships characterized by commitment and faithfulness are good and “are the place for physical intimacy.” The archbishop further added that same-sex married couples are going to be fully welcomed “into the life of the Church, on their terms.”
Cottrell’s response was given in light of the Church of England’s recent decision to offer a blessing to gay couples in civil partnerships but not to engage in officiating same-sex weddings.
The Christian Post reports:
BBC Radio Four’s William Crawley asked the archbishop whether the CofE’s recent decision not to officiate same-sex weddings while allowing gay marriages to be blessed was a “bit of a fudge.”
Cottrell responded, “I see it as a way of holding together a church which doesn’t agree on this issue and it takes us to a place where LGBTIQ+ people, people entering into same-sex marriages, people in civil partnerships are able to come to the Church of England and those relationships and marriages can be acknowledged and celebrated.”
Crawley then asked if the denomination believes “gay sex is sin,” to which the archbishop replied, “Well, what we are saying is that physical and sexual intimacy belongs in committed, stable, faithful relationships and therefore where we see a committed, stable, faithful relationship between two people of the same sex, we are now in a position where those people can be welcomed fully into the life of the Church, on their terms.”
Crawley said the CofE must be blessing same-sex unions because it believes it to be good.
Archbishop Cottrell replied, “As I say, we believe that stable, faithful, committed, loving relationships are good. They are the place for physical intimacy …”
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