The Bishop of Gloucester: ‘The Church of England has to be sorry for its treatment of gay people’

Bishop Michael PerhamBy Joseph Patrick McCormick, Pink News

 

The Bishop of Gloucester has said he thinks it is time for the Church of England to apologise for its treatment of the gay community, but that it is moving slowly towards acceptance.

 

Michael Perham, the bishop, made the comments during a rare meeting between the Gloucestershire’s Gay and Lesbian Community (GGLC) and the Church of England this week.

 

The meeting was significant because it was the first official meeting between the two groups since 1976, reports the Gloucestershire Citizen.

 

Speaking around the issue of equal marriage, the Bishop said it was time that the church changed its stance on gay issues. “The church has to be sorry,” he said.

 

“It has not treated the gay, lesbian and transgender community very well.

 

“The church may be moving slowly, but it will get there. The vast majority of Christians are moving relatively fast towards a more modern way of thinking and towards a position where they should be. It is a place where they should have reached a long time ago, but clearly not as quickly as the rest of society. The church is slow because it is trying to pull together this universal family from all over the world to have the same understanding.

 

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