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Archbishop urges church to learn from gay bishop row

July 11, 2003

Archbishop Rowan Williams YORK - The archbishop of Canterbury urged members of the Church of England on Monday to draw back from confrontation following a bitter fight over the appointment of a gay bishop.

Archbishop Rowan Williams, addressing the church's governing General Synod, did not refer directly to the dispute within the church over the appointment of Jeffrey John as bishop of Reading.

John, who was honest about his homosexuality and confirmed that he had a long-term relationship with another man, withdrew from the appointment.

"If all the pain of these weeks can in some way prompt us to see more clearly what we do to each other, why we threaten each other so, we shall have grown a little - grown a little into the space God has made, the new and living way," Williams said. - Sapa-AP

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