The archbishop of Canterbury says he is not giving a clear answer on whether homosexual sex is a sin because of “irreconcilable” differences in the Anglican church worldwide. Justin Welby unequivocally said that hatred against individuals was sinful, whether because they are gay, female or a different race. But he admitted “copping out” on the question of same-sex in the interview with GQ magazine. The wide-ranging interview, which also covered Brexit and his role as the leader of the established church,

was conducted by Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former director of communications. The archbishop told Campbell, “within myself, the things that seem to me to be absolutely central are around faithfulness, stability of relationships and loving relationships”. Asked whether such relationships could be between two people of the same sex, he said: “I know it could be. I am also aware —a view deeply held by tradition since long before Christianity, within the Jewish tradition—that marriage is understood invariably as being between a man and a woman.”  READ MORE