YORK, June 12, 2001 ( - A new Anglican catechism commissioned by the Archbishop of York, the Church of England"s second most senior prelate, says that “homosexuality may well not be a condition to be regretted but to have divinely ordered and positive qualities.” The section on sexuality states that “homosexual Christian believers should be encouraged to find in their sexual preferences such elements of moral beauty as may enhance their general understanding of Christ’s calling.”

The catechism, written by Canon Edward Norman, canon and treasurer of York Minster, contradicts official Anglican Church teaching and the views of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey. These maintain that homosexual acts are “incompatible with Scripture,” and that “abstinence is right for those who are not called to marriage”.

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