by Madeleine Davies, Church Times
THE Church of England response to the Government's consultation on gay marriage ( News, 15 June
), its status, and the process that lay behind it, came under close scrutiny during Questions at General Synod last night.
The Archbishop of Canterbury answered a group of questions together, including those from Canon Anne Stevens (Southwark) and the Revd Professor Richard Burridge (Universities, London), reflecting on how the response had claimed to represent "the Church of England".
His first presidential address, Dr Williams said, had begun with the words "Does the Church of England exist?" and so he was sensitive to such issues. The submission had been discussed in draft by the Archbishops' Council and the House of Bishops, and amended to reflect comments made in those fora. It had been signed off by the Archbishop of York and himself, and sent under cover of a letter to the Home Secretary which had described it, accurately, as the "official Church of England response to the Government consultation document".
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