Senior bishops and clergy call today on the Church of England to “rejoice” at the prospect of gay marriage, rather than to condemn or disdain it.
In a challenge to the next Archbishop of Canterbury, influential Anglicans say in a [Saturday] letter to The Times that “God’s grace” is at work in same-sex partnerships.
The signatories include members of the General Synod — the governing body of the Church — and significant clergy from across its doctrines. The move is headed by Dr Jeffrey John, the openly gay Dean of St Albans, but is also supported by Canon Giles Goddard, chairman of the progressive Anglican group Inclusive Church, five former bishops and the serving Deans of Portsmouth, Norwich and Guildford.
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