The appointment of John Sentamu as the new Archbishop of York has been greeted with mixed reaction from members of a Church of England fiercely divided over the issues of gay clergy and women priests.
The Ugandan-born Bishop of Birmingham – Britain’s first black Archbishop – has pledged to help unite and revitalise the Church as it goes through a “trough” in its fortunes.
But gay rights activists believe an opportunity to openly challenge homophobia in the Church has been missed.
Richard Kirker, general secretary of the Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement, said the group was disappointed by the appointment.
“I cannot pretend that we are anything other than disappointed that a person that has not shown himself to be a particular friend of the lesbian and gay community has been appointed,” he said.