Ex-Archbishop: ‘Slap in the face not to consider blessings for same-sex couples’
It would be a “slap in the face” if the church does not consider blessings for same-sex couples, according to the former Archbishop of Wales.
Bishop John Davies made the comments while discussing the fact that currently there isn’t a formal provision to recognise gay relationships in the Church in Wales, ahead of a meeting of its governing body in September.
He suggested although service of blessing would stop short of a full marriage ceremony, it would be wrong for the church not to consider changing the rules.
In an interview with Adrian Masters for Face to Face on ITV Cymru Wales, the former Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, who became Archbishop of Wales in 2017, said: “It’s an issue that’s been facing the church for a very long time.
“And it’s been facing the church because everybody’s understanding of the dynamics of human relationships, human love, human sexuality, human psychology and so on have grown.
“Simply to say that because it’s always been so it must never change I think is a slap in the face to an awful lot of people who see something valuable in the church, but to some extent still feel rejected by the church.”
The outgoing Archbishop also said the church needs to change in order to attract younger audiences.
He said: “I think we need to look in the mirror and say what have we got to offer them, what is there that’s attractive, how flexible are we in terms of when we actually put services on?” he said.
“So much else goes on in society now on a Sunday. There’s no use grumbling about it.
“There are seven days in the week, we could be doing so much more at other times.”
The full interview with Bishop John Davies on Face to Face with Adrian Masters on ITV Cymru Wales, is due to be aired at 10.45pm, today.