Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has been criticised for “affirming the validity” of a 1998 declaration which states that gay sex is a sin. Trigger Warning: This story discusses homophobic comments, which might be distressing to some readers.

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The Archbishop spoke in front of over 650 bishops, stating that questioning the biblical teaching was “unthinkable.” Welby added that “for many churches, to change traditional teaching challenges their very existence.”  Conservative church leaders including archbishop of South Sudan, Justin Badi Arama called for bishops attending the conference to support the 1998 declaration which would prevent the legitimisation of same-sex relationships and marriages under the church.