The Archbishop of Canterbury has given his strongest endorsement of gay bishops yet in an interview with The Times (British) Magazine today (September 25, 2010).
Dr. Rowan Williams spoke of his personal support for bishops who are gay, but said they must remain celibate, according to the Christian Today website.
"There is no problem about a gay person who's a bishop. It's about the fact that there are traditionally, historically, standards that the clergy are expected to observe," he said.
When asked what was wrong with a gay bishop having a partner, the Archbishop said the scriptural and traditional approach "doesn't give much ground for being positive about it."
In spite of disagreements over homosexuality -- which have threatened to tear the worldwide Anglican Communion apart -- the Archbishop insisted that traditional and liberal Anglicans should stick together. Thousands of traditional Anglicans have converted to Roman Catholicism recently -- Pope Benedict XVI eased the process for them to convert a year ago -- because they opposed the Anglican Church's acceptance of gay clergy and other liberal policies.