This letter appears in today's Leicester Mercury:
Alienating is an inevitable result
The Bishop's spokesman on urban issues, Canon Barry Naylor, really did the Church no favours by claiming that Anglicans "unintentionally" alienated people ("Clarification," Mercury, December 13).
I would have thought it was pretty obvious that it was completely inevitable.
How can a Church that claims to be inclusive and non-discriminatory really not understand how it might offend people when it sends it's own bishop to the House of Lords to condemn gay marriage as unacceptable?
The Anglican Church must decide once and for all whether its God loves homosexuals, or whether it sticks by its God's words in the books of Leviticus and Romans which clearly appear to outlaw homosexual behaviour.
It cannot have it both ways. Society will judge its relevance on this issue alone.
Mark Sperry, Leicester