The Archbishop of Canterbury told a gathering of bishops that church members “disagreed without hatred” this week “not many in the press want us to”.
It comes after the archbishop reaffirmed a 1998 Anglican declaration refusing same-sex marriage, sparking a controversy over the church’s relationship with the LGBTQ + community.
The resolution states that marriage is “between a man and a woman” and that same-sex relationships are “incompatible with Scripture”.
On Tuesday, the archbishop said he could not and did not want to punish churches for conducting gay marriages.
He said, “I neither have nor seek the authority to discipline or exclude an Anglican Communion church.
“I will not do that”.
However, on Wednesday comedian Sandi Toksvig criticized the church’s stance, saying LGBTQ + people’s lives were “at stake”.
In response, the archbishop offered to meet Ms. Toksvig for coffee, adding that the threats she and other LGBTQ + people “have suffered in the name of Jesus Christ are a shame.”
Speaking at the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury on Friday, the archbishop appeared to be referring to the quarrel.
“We don’t hate the way our enemies want it,” he said.
“And I can say, by the grace of God, we disagreed without hatred this week, not like many in the press would like us to,” he said.
The archbishop told attendees that a journalist friend of one of his sons had said his editor was disappointed that the disagreement had been so civil.
“A friend of one of our children, one of our children, a Christian journalist said ‘I rejoice and I am sad, I rejoice because this week I saw something new, people who disagree loving each other, but my news the publisher is very sad because there is nothing to say about it ”.
The archbishop’s comments came during the second keynote address at the Lambeth Conference, a meeting of Anglican bishops that meets once every 10 years.
He also used his speech to list past mistakes of the church, as he demanded that the revolution be part of the “institutional life” of the church.
“The church of God tried to eliminate the first nations and indigenous peoples from the colonized territories.
“God’s church has fueled the flames of anti-Semitism and provided a seabed and theology for the persecution of Jews and ultimately for the Holocaust.
“God’s church protected earthly power while giving up the heavenly hope.
“God’s church divided and divided and treated those with whom it disagreed as enemies to be tortured and killed or today to be defamed on social media and insulted in many ways.”
The archbishop said that Christians are “revolutionaries” who understand the “sinfulness of the people”.
“We are revolutionaries,” he said.
“Communism was born as a revolution, but as an atheist creed it ignored the sinfulness of the people and was consumed by the abuse of power without repentance.
“The Christian revolution must be made up of mercy and forgiveness, generosity and commitment.
“The revolution should be part of the institutional life of those who announce Christ”.