Archbishops Committed to Care for ALL people

Archbishops recall commitment to care and friendship for all, regardless of sexual orientation

Posted on: January 29, 2014 5:44 PM

The Archbishops of Canterbury (right) and York (centre) have today written to all Primates of the Anglican Communion, and to the Presidents of Nigeria and Uganda
Photo Credit: Diocese of Durham
Related Categories: Abp SentamuAbp WelbyEnglandsexuality

From Lambeth Palace and Bishopthorpe Palace

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have today written to all Primates of the Anglican Communion, and to the Presidents of Nigeria and Uganda, recalling the commitment made by the Primates of the Anglican Communion to the pastoral support and care of everyone worldwide, regardless of sexual orientation.

In their letter, the Archbishops recalled the words of the communiqué issued in 2005 after a meeting of Primates from across the Communion in Dromantine.

The text of the joint letter is as follows:

“Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

In recent days, questions have been asked about the Church of England’s attitude to new legislation in several countries that penalises people with same-sex attraction. In answer to these questions, we have recalled the common mind of the Primates of the Anglican Communion, as expressed in the Dromantine Communiqué of 2005.

The Communiqué said;

“….we wish to make it quite clear that in our discussion and assessment of moral appropriateness of specific human behaviours, we continue unreservedly to be committed to the pastoral support and care of homosexual people.

The victimisation or diminishment of human beings whose affections happen to be ordered towards people of the same sex is anathema to us. We assure homosexual people that they are children of God, loved and valued by Him and deserving the best we can give – pastoral care and friendship.’

We hope that the’pastoral care and friendship that the Communiqué described is accepted and acted upon in the name of the Lord Jesus.”

We call upon the leaders of churches in such places to demonstrate the love of Christ and the affirmation of which the Dromantine communiqué speaks.”

Yours in Christ,

+Justin Cantuar +Sentamu Eboracensis

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One cannot but welcome this overdue statement by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to ‘care for and be-friend’ all people, regardless of their sexual-orientation, as stated below:

‘….we wish to make it quite clear that in our discussion and assessment of moral appropriateness of specific human behaviours, we continue unreservedly to be committed to the pastoral support and care of homosexual people.

The victimisation or diminishment of human beings whose affections happen to be ordered towards people of the same sex is anathema to us. We assure homosexual people that they are children of God, loved and valued by Him and deserving the best we can give – pastoral care and friendship.’

This unequivocal commitment to the Church of England’s official acceptance of LGBTQ people within the Church and in the world beyond the borders of the Church, is nothing less than gratifying to those of us who really believe that human sexual-orientation is a given, and not a learned or chosen mode of sexual expression – despite those leaders and people in certain provinces of the Anglican Communion that continue to vilify and condemn such people ‘in the name of Christ’. 

It is hoped that this long-awaited statement from the Archbishops,  of God’s openness to homosexual people and others whose sexual-orientation is ‘different’ from the ‘norm’, will deter Anglicans around the world from their orchestrated campaign of hatred and rejection of Gay and Lesbian people, and direct their thoughts towards God’s universal love for all who are made in the divine Image and Likeness.

I can now imagine a hearty chorus of the hymn: “We have a Gospel to proclaim”

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

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About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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