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The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, has warned that quoting the Bible won't settle arguments about same-sex marriage or assisted dying. He told the Governing Body of the Church in Wales in Llandudno that attitudes depend on upbringing, education and which part of the Bible is emphasised.
The Governing Body includes the six Welsh bishops as well as representatives of the clergy and of church-goers. The Archbishop reminded them that the Church could change its mind. Today it disagreed with the state's view on same-sex marriage, in the past the disagreement had been about divorce.
Dr Morgan said peoples’ lives would be affected by the Church’s response and warned of the danger of the Church being seen as homophobic. However, he urged clergy keen to redress the balance and publicly bless same-sex marriages to be patient.
Same-sex marriage and assisted dying are among the issues to be discussed by clergy and lay people from across Wales, at a key Church meeting today.
The meeting will take place over two days at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.
Members of the Church in Wales' Governing Body will consider reports on the two sometimes controversial subjects.
The 144 members will be put into small groups to discuss the reports, which outline the theological perspective on the issues.
They will not be asked to decide the Church's views on either.
Also on the agenda will be discussions about guidelines to accompany the Canon to ordain women as bishops.