The church said bishops plan to formally apologize to LGBTQ people on Friday for the “rejection, exclusion and hostility” they have felt within the church.
It said it will provide pastoral guidance to its ministers and congregations, urging them to welcome same-sex couples “unreservedly and joyfully”.
Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell apologized for “the way LGBTQI+ people and those they love have been treated by the church, which above all should recognize everyone as valuable and created in the image of God”.
“We are deeply sorry and ashamed and want to take this opportunity to start anew in the spirit of repentance that our faith teaches us,” he said. “This is not the end of this journey, but we have reached a milestone and I hope these prayers of love and faith will provide a way for all of us to celebrate and affirm same-sex relationships.”
Cottrell said the proposals are not “what everyone wants” but further changes would require legislative overhaul and there is currently no majority in favor of such a change.
Jayne Ozanne, a prominent LGBTQ activist in the church, said the bishops’ decision was “absolutely despicable”.
“I can’t believe five years of pain and trauma has brought us here. We have had countless apologies over the years but no action to stop the harmful discrimination,” she tweeted.
The General Synod is expected to discuss the proposals in detail during its February 6-9 session.
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