The incoming Archbishop of Canterbury hinted at a softening of the Church’s stance on homosexual partnerships as he promised to re-examine his own traditional views.
By John Bingham, Religious Affairs Editor11:00AM GMT 09 Nov 2012
The Bishop of Durham, Justin Welby, who was formally announced as successor to Dr Rowan Williams yesterday, insisted that he supported the Church of England’s opposition to same-sex marriage.
But he promised to reassess his own traditional line on the issue “prayerfully and carefully” and pointedly emphasised his support for civil partnerships.
It comes amid speculation that the Church of England – which fears the introduction of same sex marriage could threaten its position as the established church – might reconsider whether or not to offer formal blessing services for same-sex couples as a compromise.
The Church is due to publish a review of its stance on issues around sexuality next year.