The Rt Rev Dr John Inge, the Bishop of Worcester, has added his voice to the Bishop of Gloucester and the Archbishop of Canterbury in comments made to the Worcester News.
He said the church should “reflect deeply” on the fact that many youngsters believe its attitude to homosexuality is wicked, adding that the Most Rev Justin Welby was “undoubtedly right” about the stance taken by young people.
“The Church needs to reflect deeply on the implications of this,” said Bishop John. “For the first time in many generations, our traditional teaching is being seen by large numbers of people as being on the wrong side of the moral argument. It’s important that we recognise this and do some soul searching, recognising that God doesn’t only speak through the Church of England.”
The Rt Rev David Walker, the Bishop of Dudley who is soon to become Bishop of Manchester, has also commented, saying society recognises that those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender have been treated badly in the past. “If they want the right to marry, for instance, then they should be able to,” he said. “I think the Archbishop is spot on.”