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Church of England ignores gays, allege retired bishops

world Updated: Feb 12, 2017 20:13 IST
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A report from the church’s House of Bishops called for a ‘fresh tone and culture of welcome and support’ for gays and lesbians, but said the church should not lift its opposition to same-sex marriage..(Reuters File/ Representational photo)

Fourteen retired Anglican bishops have criticised the Church of England’s attitude to homosexuality, saying the church was not listening to the voices of gay Christians.

They were responding to a report from the church’s House of Bishops, which called for a “fresh tone and culture of welcome and support” for gays and lesbians, but says the church should not lift its opposition to same-sex marriage.

In an open letter , the ex-bishops said that “while the pain of LGBT people is spoken about in your report, we do not hear its authentic voice.”

Former bishop of Worcester, Peter Selby, one of the signatories, said on Sunday that some gay Anglicans feel betrayed by the lack of support for change.

Gay marriage has long divided the Anglican communion, which has 85 million adherents.

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