Sandi Toksvig after having a “cool and reasoned” conversation with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, declared the church’s position to be “untenable.”
According to Sandi Toksvig, the Archbishop of Canterbury acknowledged that the Church of England’s march toward same-sex marriage would be “glacial.”
The comedian said she had a “long-promised coffee” with Justin Welby, and that the conversation had been “calm and deliberate,” but that the church’s attitude was “untenable.”
She claimed in a video that it was obvious there was a disconnect between the Church of England and the society it claimed to represent.
They got together after she voiced her disappointment at the archbishop’s decision to uphold the church’s 1998 pronouncement that homosexual acts were sins last year.
Recently, the archbishop stated that while he approved of the Church of England’s plans to bless same-sex marriages, he would not personally perform them because of his “pastoral connection for the full communion.”
In her video, Toksvig stated, “I went to have coffee, tea, actually, with the Archbishop of Canterbury yesterday, not a statement I imagined would ever come out of my lips.”
“It is extremely evident from our very thoughtful and calm chat yesterday that the State’s Church of England and the society it claims to represent are not even close to being in sync.
“Justin wanted me to see that they are making progress, but he acknowledged that, in my opinion, any advancement, if it occurs at all, will be glacial.
Additionally, she stated that it was “quite evident” that competing groups within the Anglican Communion were “partially kept together at the price of the human rights of the LGBT+ community.”
“It’s unacceptable. I also added that “She said.
Toksvig requested the Archbishop to identify as an LGBT ally.
She went on: “I requested Justin to simply come out. I don’t want to shock him by revealing his sexual orientation, but I do want to identify myself as a homosexual ally.
“Basically, to advocate for love, unconditional love for everyone, as opposed to the present Orwellian viewpoint, which suggests that everyone is equal but that some people are more equal than others.
“Although I hope it does, I do not plan to wait for the church to act.
“I will be contacting the LGBT+ community and all of our supporters over the coming weeks to see what can be done.
“The situation is hopeless as it is. Please wait a minute. Come out together and spread love.”
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