** A senior Church of England bishop has called on homosexuals to repent and “be changed” in comments that have infuriated equality campaigners.**
By Jonathan Wynne-Jones, Religious Affairs Correspondent
Published: 9:35PM BST 04 Jul 2009
The Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, has defended traditional biblical teachings on homosexuality and said the Church should not be “rolled over by culture”.
Dr Nazir-Ali spoke as tens of thousands of people, including Sarah Brown, the Prime Minister’s wife, joined the annual Pride London march to celebrate homosexual culture. A war of words broke out between Labour and the Conservatives over the issue of homosexuality last week after a minister accused the Tories of having a “deep strain of homophobia” running through the party.
The bishop’s controversial comments will reignite the battle over homosexuality in the Church of England ahead of what promises to be a divisive week for Anglicanism. . .