The Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Revd Michael Perham, 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, when he met Gloucestershire’s Gay and Lesbian Community (GGLC) last week. The Gloucestershire Citizen report said the meeting was significant because it was the first official meeting between the Church and the gay community since 1976.
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.
“The church’s view on same sex marriage is not sustainable. But homosexuals must realise that the church is not homophobic. We should all celebrate committed, faithful and loving relationships.”