Archbishop trying to bridge Anglican split over gay marriage

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, has said that he is trying to bridge the split that exists in the Anglican Church over same-sex marriage.

Speaking on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, he told presenter Kirsty Young that he wanted to listen to both sides of the debate.

"When I listen to people I know that I'm listening to people, for whom not just the issue of sexuality, but the whole way in which the Church lives and exists and reaches out to people, what it looks like to be a holy church, is something on which they feel passionately and are deeply, deeply, deeply disagreeing."

He added: "If you love them you listen carefully".

He went on to say that it would be "inappropriate" to discuss his previous opposition to same-sex marriage while the Church of England was still debating the issue.