Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams opened the Church of England’s annual meeting with an apology to the gay community over comments he has made in the wake of the church’s split on the issue of gay clergy.
“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.”
Williams cited the case of American Bishop Gene Robinson, whose 2003 ordination began the rift between Anglican traditionalists and those who advocate for gay and female clergy.