Archbishop of Canterbury probably won't ordain another gay priest

BY Advocate.com Editors

February 19 2003 1:00 AM ET

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who has acknowledged ordaining a practicing homosexual while serving in Wales, says he probably won't do it again. Williams abstained when a 1998 international conference of Anglican bishops strongly endorsed a resolution that active gay relationships are "incompatible with Scripture." But he said that resolution "says what the mind of the church is. I
feel, in my public position, that I am bound to live with that.... If I knew that an ordinand was living with a partner, I would have, at the moment, to say the church has made its views clear on this and you have a choice."

However, Williams also said that "I think the question is worth asking" regarding whether the Bible is properly interpreted as opposing all homosexual behavior, a belief held by the Roman Catholic Church and the majority of Protestant denominations.

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