Discussion of homosexuality within the Church of England now seems more rather than less important.
Lay people need to be convinced - not just told - of the truth of Christian teaching. And the pro-gay community, outvoted at Lambeth but believing itself in the ascendancy nationally, needs to be engaged constructively. Such intra-faith debate will be assisted by Lambeth's avoidance of ambiguity.
G L E LOCKE
Sir: The Anglican bishops in Nigeria say that Christians' acceptance of homosexuality would mean evangelical suicide in Africa. I must say that Bishop Chukwuma's notions about demons, gay or otherwise, do nothing to help my evangelistic efforts in Knights-bridge. They merely confirm most peoples' idea that Christianity has long since ceased to be credible.
Leaving aside homosexual behaviour, however: I wonder what proportion of Anglicans really believe that non-adulterous sexual relations outside marriage are wrong? About the same proportion as Catholics who believe contraception is a sin, I'd think.
This means either that the church has a massive programme of re-education on sexual morality to undertake, or, as a parishioner said to me yesterday, the majority of the gentleman in purple inhabit a universe of their own making.
THE REV NEIL DAWSON
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