Posted: Sep 8, 2012 4:07 AM
Updated: Sep 8, 2012 4:08 AM
LONDON (AP) Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has admitted he didn't do enough to prevent sharp divisions in the Anglican church over homosexuality.
Williams, who is stepping down in December, spent much of his 10 years as archbishop trying to hold the diverse Anglican Communion together after the ordination of the first openly homosexual Anglican bishop, American Gene Robinson, split traditionalistists, such as African churches, and liberals.
In an interview with Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper published Saturday, Williams said the church had been "wrong" in its past treatment of homosexuals but he still opposes gay marriage.
Williams also said the Anglican Church is planning to give some of the global duties of the Archbishop of Canterbury to a "presidential" figure so the archbishop can concentrate on leading the Church of England.