They’re not saying they were wrong. They are, however, “apologizing” for the damage it caused. Which is a fancy way of saying they’re only upset that everyone’s criticizing them over it.
Justin Welby and John Sentamu [the archbishops of Canterbury and York] said they took responsibility for releasing the statement which “jeopardised trust”. They added: “We are very sorry and recognise the division and hurt this has caused.”
The archbishops’ statement said: “We as archbishops, alongside the bishops of the Church of England, apologise and take responsibility for releasing a statement last week which we acknowledge has jeopardised trust. We are very sorry and recognise the division and hurt this has caused.
It’s a classic non-pology. They’re not upset about what they said; they’re upset that you’re upset. And if they’re not actually apologizing, then there’s nothing to forgive them for.
Absolutely nothing has changed.
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