The Chicago Consultationa group of bishops that supports the full inclusion of LGBT Christians in the Episcopal Church and the worldwide Anglican Communionissued a press release regarding the naming of the Rt. Rev. Justin Welby as the 105th archbishop of Canterbury.
The release read, in part, "Bishop Welby is known for his pragmatic approach to conflict resolution and his personal courage as an agent of reconciliation. ... We are heartened that Archbishop-elect Welby decried homophobia in his opening press conference, and we hope that he will listen with an open heart to the voices of the millions of faithful lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Christians across the Anglican Communion."
Welby, a former oil-company executive, endorsed church statements criticizing government plans to legalize marriage equality, the New York Times reported. However, he added, "But I also need to listen very attentively to the LGBT communities and examine my own thinking carefully and prayerfully. .. Above all, in the church we need to create safe spaces for these issues to be discussed in honesty and in love."
At a news conference, Welby said, "We must have no truck with any form of homophobia in any part of the church."