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Williams backs gay bishops.

Byline: FIONA YOUNG

THE Archbishop of Canterbury is not opposed to appointing gay people as bishops - if they remain celibate.

Anglican leader Rowan Williams yesterday said he had "no problem about a gay person who's a bishop" but they must not be involved in sexually active relationships.

His comments are likely to anger equality campaigners as celibacy is not compulsory for heterosexual clergy.

Earlier this year Williams blocked the appointment of Jeffrey John, a celibate gay cleric, as Bishop of Reading.

Williams said the decision had been his most difficult and admitted homosexuality was "a wound in the ministry".

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 26, 2010
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