The Bishops’ Statement on Homosexuality 2005, recognises a wide range of views held by members of the church on the issue of homosexuality. It accepts each of these as honest and legitimate and establishes the need for a prayerful debate characterised by “humility, generosity of spirit, reflection on Biblical witness, mature thought and careful listening.”
The centrality of Scripture read in the light of reason and tradition is affirmed. The range of views held within the Church in Wales is set out in five bullet points.
The statement concludes with a commitment “to listening to people whose sexual orientation may be different from our own.”
Up to this point there has been no formal process of listening to the experience of homosexual persons, but many informal conversations have taken place and an open study day was held last year following the production of a study guide and the discussion was frank and honest.
The study guide is an important document with a range of views expressed.
The Primate is leading the church into a positive attempt to listen while honouring one another, particularly building on his experience of such processes within the WCC. He is listening himself and is committed to encouraging informed debate.