Archbishop Justin Welby in backlash after he defends Lambeth 2020 gay spouse ban

Apr 15, 2019 by

by Alex Williams, Premier:

The Archbishop of Canterbury “kowtowed to those who are promoting discrimination and prejudice” by barring gay bishops from bringing their spouses to a major Anglican conference, it has been claimed.

Most Rev Justin Welby came in for fresh criticism on Monday after he said the decision – aimed at avoiding by a boycott of the Lambeth Conference next year by traditionalists – was a “lose-lose situation”.

Rev Andrew Foreshew-Cain, who last week launched the Campaign for Equal Marriage in the Church of England, wrote to The Times to express his concern.

He said: “It is sacrificing the vulnerable for the sake of the powerful. Indeed, in making that decision, he has kowtowed to those who are promoting discrimination and prejudice across the communion.”

Held every ten years, the Lambeth Conference invites all active bishops of member churches within the global Anglican Communion body to meet, pray and discuss.

It had previously announced this year’s summit would be the first where bishops would be allowed to bring the spouses.

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