Katharine Jefferts Schori stood her ground Sunday. Addressing the congregation at San Fransisco’s Grace Cathedral, the Episcopal Archbishop insisted that the American Anglican branch should embrace all believers:
All people–including gay and lesbian Christians and non-Christians–are deserving of the fullest regard of the church. We’re not going backward.
Jefferts Schori’s promise came less than a week after she and her peers caved to conservatives and vowed to “restrain” themselves over gay inclusion.
Realizing her words would set off a firestorm, Jefferts Schori explained that she had prepared the speech prior to last week’s decision. “It’s an accident in some sense, but it’s a blessed accident.”