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Archbishop of York: Church of England's not changing on gay marriage

by Aaron James

Most Revd John Sentamu's speaking after the Daily Telegraph published an article earlier this week regarding a letter written by himself and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Revd Justin Welby, to a gay member of the Church of England's General Synod, Jayne Ozanne.

The article said that the letter "signalled" that the Church of England "is poised to rethink its centuries-old doctrine of marriage to accommodate same-sex couples."

It also referred to discussions the Anglican Church is currently having on issues of marriage and sexuality, describing this discussion as aiming to "help forge better understanding between different groups over the issue of sexuality".

Mr Sentamu said that the Church had no intention of moving away from traditional teaching on marriage and sexuality, however he confirmed it was trying to find a way to bridge the divide between conservatives and liberals.

Writing a letter to the Daily Telegraph, Most Revd Sentamu said: "The Archbishop of Canterbury and I have not 'signalled' that the Church of England is 'poised to rethink its centuries-old doctrine of marriage to accommodate same-sex couples', as you report.

"However it is true that discussions are taking place and will continue at next summer's meeting of the General Synod, not to overhaul Church doctrine, but to 'help forge better understanding between different groups over the issue of sexuality'."

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