Comments: Archbishop meets Pope in Rome

Let's see, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Roman Catholic Pope hold a discussion, seek common ground ... and praise those who assist the poor.

Things must be more dire than I thought.

Posted by peterpi - Peter Gross at Friday, 14 June 2013 at 10:47pm BST

"Significantly, though, Francis didn’t specify that marriage should be based on a union between a man and woman, which is how Benedict XVI and John Paul II routinely defined it in a way that made clear their opposition to same-sex marriage."

Hmmm: baby steps? Mercifully hear us, O Lord...

Posted by JCF at Saturday, 15 June 2013 at 2:54am BST

Again "defence of traditional marriage" is a code word for attack on same sex marriage.

As we all know traditional marriage going back thousands of years also included polygamy.

It is a mystery to me , why the Pope does not distinguish between Christian sacramental marriage and marriage as a creation ordinance.

What a strange ally, the Holy Father takes on.
An Anglican Archbishop who is a firm believer in divorce, re-marriage and contraception.

He is comfortable in having a future supreme Governor who is married to a divorced woman. Indeed he will probablly crown him.

Doctor Welby will express no criticism of the Queen when she signs gay marriage into law. Something she has already done in her realms of Canada and New Zealand.

It is so sad that the defence of marriage debate is focused on the gay issue, rather than the terrible abuse of marriage which has and continues to be perpetrated by those in heterosexual marriage.

Posted by robert ian williams at Saturday, 15 June 2013 at 8:46am BST

'...equally at one in our condemnation of homophobic behavior and our sense that the essential dignity of the human being is where you start.”

'Words, words, words'

'Show me' sang Eliza Doolittle

Posted by Richard Ashby at Saturday, 15 June 2013 at 10:47am BST

What a great pity that on his first visit Archbishop Welby agrees with the Pope in opposing gay marriage. In this way they both show how out of touch they are with society and how far from early Christianity which 'turned the word upside down!'

Posted by Jean Mayland at Saturday, 15 June 2013 at 5:27pm BST

"What a great pity that on his first visit Archbishop Welby agrees with the Pope in opposing gay marriage."

The Catholic Church does not believe that Welby's ordination is valid. So why do Anglicans persist in doing business with an organisation that denies Anglican priests' very validity?

Posted by Interested Observer at Sunday, 16 June 2013 at 11:41am BST
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