The Church of England somehow surprised and angered people with a recent statement of its belief that God only approves of sex between a man and a woman in the context of marriage — a belief that literally dates back to the beginning of Christianity.
Bowing to that social backlash, the church responded by apologizing last week for the statement, even though it did not change its stance on the issue.
“We as Archbishops, alongside the bishops of the Church of England, apologize and take responsibility for releasing a statement last week which we acknowledge has jeopardized trust,” a statement by Archbishops Justin Welby and John Sentamu released Thursday read. “We are very sorry and recognize the division and hurt this has caused.”
The controversy began with the pastoral statement, “Civil Partnerships — for same sex and opposite sex couples,” which is still published on the Church of England’s website. It addresses a 2019 change in British law that allows heterosexual couples to enter civil partnerships, something already available to same-sex couples.
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