Launching his strongest attack yet on the Coalition’s plans to allow homosexual couples to marry, Dr Rowan Williams questioned the right of ministers to make the change when it had not been included in the Conservative or Liberal Democrat election manifestos.
His intervention follows the publication last month of the Church of England’s response to the Government’s consultation on same-sex marriage.
The document warned the move would threaten the established status of the Church, labelling the plans “divisive” and “essentially ideological”.
This weekend Dr Williams faced a series of questions on the proposals in a meeting of the General Synod, the Church’s governing body, in York.
Asked about discussions between Church leaders and ministers on the plans, Dr Williams said: “Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last autumn there have already been several formal and informal discussions with a number of Government ministers, including the Home Secretary. Read more...