From Lambeth Palace.
In recent days, questions have been asked about theÂ Church of Englandâ€™sÂ attitude to new legislation in several countries that penalisesÂ people with same-sex attraction. In answer to these questions, we have recalled the common mind of the Primates of the Anglican Communion, as expressed in the Dromantine CommuniquÃ© of 2005.
TheÂ CommuniquÃ©Â said;
â€˜â€¦.we wish to make it quite clear that in our discussion and assessment of moral appropriateness of specific human behaviours, we continue unreservedly to be committed to the pastoral support and care of homosexual people.
The victimisation or diminishment of human beings whose affections happen to be ordered towards people of the same sex is anathema to us. We assureÂ homosexual people that they are children of God, loved and valued by Him and deserving the best we can give – pastoral care and friendship.â€™
We hope that the pastoral care and friendship that the CommuniquÃ©Â described is accepted and acted upon in the name of the Lord Jesus.
We call upon the leaders of churches in such places to demonstrate the love of Christ and the affirmation of which the Dromantine communiquÃ©Â speaks.”
Yours in Christ,
+Justin CantuarÂ Â +Sentamu Eboracensis
Quite right too. Some of the stories coming out of Nigeria are shocking.
Now, how about a clarification from Andrea Minichiello-Williams about her “homosexuality and paedophilia” claim in Jamaica.