Change of Tone, Change of Policy?

Can someone explain this to me?

I think the Church has reacted by fully accepting that it’s the law, and should react on Saturday by continuing to demonstrate in word and action, the love of Christ for every human being.
Justin Welby

How is this a “change of tone” or even a change in policy? How is this anything different from what the Archbishop has been saying all along? You could lift these words right out of the Pastoral Statement on Same-Sex Marriage.

I think Andrew Brown is just stirring and reading into this something that isn’t there. Unless of course the Guardian was briefed by Lambeth Palace to report it in a certain way, but Andrew Brown has denied that.

Behold, Archbishop Justin stands at the door and knocksThe Archbishop of Canterbury has signalled that the Church of England will mount no more resistance to gay marriage among churchgoers.

Gay marriage will be legalised from Saturday with dozens of ceremonies planned around the country for one minute past midnight. This passing of the legislation caused deep rifts within the church.

His comments mark a shift in tone, if not substance, from a letter from the bishops last month that attempted to forbid the clergy from marrying same-sex partners, and which led to a furious backlash from supporters. At least seven clergy couples are preparing to marry in defiance of their bishops, though none are known to be planning a public ceremony.

The global Anglican church is deeply split on the issue and Welby is trying to prevent the schism from spreading to the UK, where some conservative evangelical congregations are threatening to leave the Church of England if it compromises its opposition to gay sex by blessing civil partnerships.

He hopes to finesse the problem via a series of “structured conversations” with the aim of reaching a more civilised disagreement.

There is pressure on both sides of the issue, with some members preparing to publicly support the new legislation.

But where was the “resistance to gay marriage amongst churchgoers” before? Can someone point it out to me? Has Andrew Brown not read the Pastoral Statement?

Beats me…

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