Anglican Leader Rejects Homosexual "Marriages"

LONDON, APR. 9, 2001 ( The spiritual leader of the Anglican Church insists it will not sanction so-called homosexual marriages.

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George Carey, archbishop of Canterbury, told the BBC that the church should not «muddy the waters» over the nature of marriage. «Marriage is a relationship between man and a woman,» he told the «Breakfast with Frost» program. «I don´t think it actually helps to confuse terms.»

He went on: «People can have deep friendship, and call it friendship, but we don´t have to muddy the waters in terms of calling it marriage. So let´s be clear about the language we use.»

Carey was asked whether he could ever envisage his post being filled by a woman or by a homosexual.

He said a female archbishop of Canterbury was a possibility, depending on the outcome of the deliberations of a working group examining the issue. But he acknowledged the church was still «grappling» with the homosexuality issue.

Non-practicing homosexuals are allowed in the priesthood, he said, but the church «draws a line at practicing homosexuals because the church has a clear ruling on what kind of lifestyle we require in the ordained ministry.»

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