This is filed under the “Wonders Never Cease” department
From the Times of London:
The quote, taken from a transcript of the address
The debate over the status and vocational possibilities of LGBT people in the Church is not helped by ignoring the existing facts, which include many regular worshippers of gay or lesbian orientation and many sacrificial and exemplary priests who share this orientation. There are ways of speaking about the question that seem to ignore these human realities or to undervalue them; I have been criticised for doing just this, and I am profoundly sorry for the carelessness that could give such an impression.
Well, I could be very well mistaken as I have not been following Church news as I once did, but this is the first time I believe that the head of an Anglican Province has said that this is about people.
My own two cents is that in discussing these things, it is always important remember that we are not talking about abstract issues, or about a sexual act, but we are talking about people … people who have dedicated their lives to serving God. For any Church not to recognize people’s gifts, calling and dedication it does nothing but diminish the Body of Christ in the long run.
I’ll read the whole thing later .. Looks like he mentions bishops, his recent trip to the US, and the Covenant.