Justin Welby unable to give ‘straight answer’ on whether gay sex is sinful

Source: The Guardian

Religion correspondent

Justin Welby has said he struggles with the question of whether gay sex is a sin and acknowledged that the gulf between conservative and liberal Anglicans on the issue is “irreconcilable”.

In an interview byAlastair Campbell for GQ magazine, the archbishop of Canterbury also said the Queen was “one of the most extraordinary people I have ever met” and that he hoped he would not have to preside over her funeral.

Welby, who came under fire at the weekend by survivors of sexual abuse for his suggestion that the Church of England had acted with integrity, is likely to disappoint LGBTI campaigners within the church over his “cop-out” on gay sex.

Asked by Campbell if gay sex was sinful, Welby said: “You know very well that is a question I can’t give a straight answer to. Sorry, badly phrased there. I should have thought that one through.”

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3 replies

  1. MY THOUGHT
    If I am a Imam or Priest or Rabbi I will not hurt gay lesbian feeling by condemning them publicly. the biggest sin in Islam is not Homosexual, but Syrick. unforgivable sin.
    Nowadays, many gay lesbian are very nice person, nicer than a religious one.
    About private matter let Allah judge it, it will be wiser.
    what do think my brother Ahmadiyyah?

  2. My thoughts too, Somi Tempo. Homosexuals are wired differently to Heterosexuals, therefore they have a condition they are not responsible for. I may not be keen on what they do, but so long as that they don’t hurt others, it is their private business, and it is not for me or others to judge, condemn or persecute. And like you, I have known many who are decent human beings, so just live and let live.

    Although I don’t care for gay marriage, I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. And I don’t much care for the excessive publicity such as Gay Pride, etc. But I do support arrangements to secure certain rights for homosexual couples, which are already in place in the UK.

    • right. the problem comes with excessive publicity. Activities that should remain private should remain private. (whether gay or otherwise)

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