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Archbishop's Interview with the Daily Telegraph

Archbishop of York

Saturday 28th January 2012

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, in Jamaica to mark its 50 years of independence, the Archbishop speaks on the importance of marriage and also on issues of Church leadership....

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, the Archbishop said: “Marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman,” said Dr Sentamu. “I don’t think it is the role of the state to define what marriage is. It is set in tradition and history and you can’t just [change it] overnight, no matter how powerful you are. If you genuinely would like the registration of civil partnerships to happen in a more general way, most people will say they can see the drift. But if you begin to call those 'marriage’, you’re trying to change the English language.”

“That does not mean you diminish, condemn, criticise, patronise any same-sex relationships because that is not what the debate is about."

“The Church has always stood out – Jesus actually was the odd man out. I’d rather stick with Jesus than be popular because it looks odd.”

Speaking about the broad Church and its leadership, Dr Sentamu said: “The Church should be a sign of the kingdom of heaven and should be telling us what it will look like. Heaven is not going to be full of just black people, just working-class people, just middle-class people, it’s going to be, in the words of Desmond Tutu, a rainbow people of God in all its diversity.”

To read the article and watch the interview in full, please visit http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9045796/Dont-legalise-gay-marriage-Archbishop-of-York-Dr-John-Sentamu-warns-David-Cameron.html
and  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/9045765/Dr-John-Sentamu-Church-must-avoid-being-too-middle-class.html

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