"Jesus was a black man," says Stephen Cottrell

"Jesus was a black man," says Stephen Cottrell

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Stephen Cottrell(Photo: Lambeth Palace)

The new Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell, after confirming this week, spoke of his desire to advance racial equality in the Church of England.

Cottrell told the Sunday Times that the Church of England leadership is "still too white" and that he wants the BAME community to experience the same changes as women who have become bishops for the first time in recent years are time.

He told the newspaper that his July 9 confirmation, at a time when racial inequality is in the spotlight, is bringing the Church "in an uncomfortable place."

"One of the mistakes the Church made was a form of tokenism without addressing the profound systemic problems of exclusion and prejudice," he said, adding that Jesus had joined the Black Lives Matter protests.

"Jesus was a black man and he was born into a persecuted group in an occupied country," he said.

"The leadership of the Church of England is still too white and I hope that under my observation we will see further changes. The Church of England was not good at reimagining what its Ministry of Leadership should look like."

He went on to believe that there was still institutional racism in the Church of England today.

"Unfortunately, I'm sure there are one or two people who still have racist attitudes, but it's not about how we are structured," he said.

"But one of the things I saw in my own time was the inclusion of women. I'm often very frustrated with the pace of change, but I won't apologize much because there really was something like that." a lot of change that was so positive.

"Including women in leadership has made such a difference and I am determined to continue with the BAME community."

Cottrell also responded to a security failure that became known last week and for which he apologized. The failure related to a report on domestic violence in his diocese that had become known to him as the Bishop of Reading in recent weeks. He admitted that the report was not properly documented and was not forwarded to the diocesan protection official or the police.

"Now that I have found that this incident has not been followed up as it should have been, I am deeply desperate and I am very sorry," said Cottrell in a previous statement.

He told the Sunday Times that the events of the past week had caused him to think about leadership.

"What kind of leaders do we want? In an ideal world we would of course have people who have never made a mistake. But since these people are not available, I would hope for honest people who are open to their mistakes and willing to accept them to learn, "he said.

"Openness, transparency and accountability seem to me to be three important characteristics that we should expect from managers in all areas of life."

He expressed support for LGBTQ + Christians in the Church of England, saying that the pastoral care that maintains heterosexual marriage as the only place for sex could "have been more carefully worded".

"There are people with strong traditional views that I understand and respect and I want them to be part of the Church," he said.

"But at the same time, I'm thinking about LGBTQ + Christians and their experiences. I don't want them to be disenfranchised or excluded, so we have to find a way to live with disagreements."

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