LGBT-supporting bishop says that his colleagues are escaping him

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby speaks during the General Synod on February 15, 2016 in London, England. The General Synod considers and approves legislation affecting the whole of the Church of England, formulates new forms of worship, debates matters of national and international importance, and approves the annual budget for the work of the Church at national level. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

A high profile Bishop has said colleagues refuse to stay in one room with him because he supports LGBT rights and same-sex marriages. The Bishop of Liverpool, Rt Rev Paul Bayes, says that anti marriage equality colleagues “cannot in conscience remain in the same room as me, or work with me.” “My own experience, since I began speaking out for the beginnings of change in the Church, is that I am profoundly suspected by many who disagree with me and that indeed some of them cannot in conscience remain in the same room as me, or work with me. This has not made me change my mind, but it does help me to understand still further what it is to be a bishop, a bastard bishop, in the Church today,” the bishop wrote underlining that those who oppose gay people and their rights have never known anyone of them personally. “I believe that the suggestions in the report, insufficient as they are, are nonetheless necessary; that they will help LGBT people in the church, will make a church less toxic than the one we have now,” he wrote. The House of Bishops’ report made few concrete suggestions on ways it will improve the organisation for LGBT members.


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