Rt Rev Welby on sexuality

"We also face deep differences over the issue of sexuality. It is absolutely right for the state to define the rights and status of people co-habiting in different forms of relationships, including civil partnerships. We must have no truck with any form of homophobia, in any part of the church.

I support the House of Bishop's statement in the summer in answer to the government's consultation on same sex marriage. I know I need to listen attentively to the LGBT communities, and examine my own thinking.

I am always averse to the language of exclusion, when what we are called to is to love in the same way as Jesus Christ loves us. Above all in the church we need to create safe spaces for these issues to be discussed honestly and in love."

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Archbishop of Canterbury appointment

The Bishop of Durham, Rt Rev Justin Welby, has been appointed the new Archbishop of Canterbury.