LONDON, ENGLAND — (01-22-23) — The Church of England formally apologized last Friday, for its treatment of the LGBTQ Community even though, they continue to say that same-sex marriage ceremonies will not be allowed in its churches.
The so called apology from the church’s bishops came in a report following five years of debate on the church’s position on human sexuality. The report will be delivered to the church’s national assembly, the General Synod, which is meeting in London in March.
“We want to apologize for the ways in which the Church of England has treated LGBTQI+ people — both those who worship in our churches and those who do not,” the bishops said in their statement to the press.
“For the times we have rejected or excluded you, and those you love, we are deeply sorry. The occasions on which you have received a hostile and homophobic response in our churches are shameful, and for this we repent.”
Nonetheless, the Church of England’s anti-LGBTQ policy that marriage ceremonies are restricted to unions between one man and one woman will remain in place.
The Bishops have proposed offering same-sex couples the opportunity to have a church service with prayers of dedication, thanksgiving and/or for God’s blessing after a civil wedding or a registered civil partnership has been signed by state officials.
Same-sex marriage has been legal in the United Kingdom since 2013, but the church has not changed its teaching on the matter.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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