(Wales Online) - The leader of the Church in Wales has risked inflaming a split in the Anglican Church by declaring: “I would ordain Britain’s first gay Bishop.”
The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, said practising homosexuals should not be barred from becoming bishops.
He accused opponents of being exclusive and narrow-minded and said the Church should select on ability not sexuality.
His comments will rock a Church already shaking from the decision at this week’s General Synod in York to allow the ordination of women bishops.
Dr Morgan said if his fellow bishops in the Church in Wales voted for a practising homosexual priest to be consecrated, he would back their decision and approve it.
“If there was a candidate who was in a homosexual relationship that would be discussed,” he said.
“It would be my job to say ‘you have to vote according to your conscience, but I’m duty bound to tell you that it will have repercussions as far as the wider Anglican communion is concerned’.
“If they said they want to do that, well so be it. If a priest had a partner and someone nominated them that wouldn’t be a bar to them becoming a bishop."
His comments, which come on the eve of the Anglican Church’s ten-yearly Lambeth Conference next week, will inflame the bitter controversy over homosexuality....
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