A new survey of Anglican priests has found that one in five of them felt that the word gay was offensive.
The results of the survey, conducted by Ipsos MORI, were published online on Wednesday by the Catholic Register.
It surveyed more than 2,000 priests across the UK to find out what the general sentiment was about the word.
One in five felt that “gay”, as a general term, was offensive to them.
Ipsos found that, when asked, a further 21% of those priests did not believe that the use of the word was a slur against a person.
“We don’t have a consensus on this term,” one of the priests said.
“But if the term is offensive, that’s very problematic.” “
Anglican Bishop Justin Welby said he welcomed the results. “
But if the term is offensive, that’s very problematic.”
Anglican Bishop Justin Welby said he welcomed the results.
“I think that the Anglican Communion is beginning to realise that the words gay and lesbian have the potential to be offensive and offensive,” he said.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welbourne, said it was important to be aware of the words that have been in use for a long time.
“For those of us who have been involved in the work of Anglicanism for some time, we’ve known for some years that words like ‘gay’ and ‘lesbian’ are used, and we know that these words are used in ways that can cause offence,” he told the BBC.
“This is a very big issue.
We don’t want to get into that, but it’s a very, very serious problem and it needs to be addressed.”
He said that the church had “a long tradition of supporting people with disabilities, particularly LGBT people”.
He said the Church was “committed to standing up for all people who are different, and that includes people who identify as gay”.
The Church has been at the forefront of fighting homophobia in recent years.
Earlier this year, the Church of England launched a new anti-discrimination policy, which included language in the Code of Conduct about sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Code of conduct was written in 2007 by the then Archbishop of York, the then Bishop of Canterbury and the current Bishop of Westminster.
It included a section on the term “gay”.
A Catholic charity, LGBT Voices, said the results showed that Anglican clergy were “underrepresented” in the church.
“These results show that homophobia is a problem for many in the Anglicans Church,” said LGBT Voices founder, Alan Davies.
“When LGBT people come out and talk about the issues that they face, they often do not have a voice, so they feel they have no voice.” “
In a statement, the Anglicanism Council said it would look into the findings and “consider any further information” from Ipsos. “
When LGBT people come out and talk about the issues that they face, they often do not have a voice, so they feel they have no voice.”
In a statement, the Anglicanism Council said it would look into the findings and “consider any further information” from Ipsos.
The survey was published by the Anglicancie Press Service, an online publication run by the Church’s press office.
Ipsis MORI said that because the survey was conducted by telephone, the sample size was too small to make a direct comparison with other surveys of the same size.
Ipsots research has previously found that the general use of “gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender” was not widely perceived by many people.
The research was conducted in April 2018.
The Church of Scotland also announced a change in its policies on gay marriage in September 2018, following a poll of more than 6,000 clergy.
The move came after the Church said it believed that some people who were attracted to other people were attracted towards children.