Archbishop of Canterbury points clarification after saying Prince Andrew is ‘making amends’


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The Archbishop of Canterbury has clarified feedback he made about Prince Andrew looking for to “make amends” after he settled his intercourse abuse case out of court docket.

Justin Welby, essentially the most senior bishop within the Church of England, highlighted the significance of forgiveness after the Duke of York’s fall from grace over allegations of sexual abuse.

The archbishop mentioned on Tuesday that Her Majesty was “fully entitled” to have been accompanied by Andrew at a memorial service for her husband Prince Philip in March and mentioned “forgiveness issues”.

A spokesperson for Mr Welby later clarified that he was not referring particularly to the duke when he mentioned we should turn into a extra forgiving society, including he “was making a broader level concerning the type of society that he hopes the Platinum Jubilee evokes us to be”.

The assertion mentioned: “In tonight’s interview with ITV Information I used to be requested a query about forgiveness, and I mentioned that there’s a distinction between penalties and forgiveness. Each are important components of the Christian understanding of justice, mercy and reconciliation.

“I additionally made the broader level that I hope we will turn into a extra forgiving society. These are advanced points which might be troublesome to handle in a brief media interview and I hope they don’t distract from this week’s festivity of her majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.”

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of York leaving after a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey in London. Picture date: Tuesday March 29, 2022.
Andrew accompanied the Queen to a thanksgiving service for the Duke of Edinburgh in March

Within the interview with ITV Mr Welby mentioned: “Now with Prince Andrew, I feel all of us need to step again a bit. He is looking for to make amends and I feel that is an excellent factor.

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“Forgiveness actually does matter. I feel we’ve turn into a really, very unforgiving society.”

The duke, 62, paid an undisclosed sum in March this yr to Virginia Giuffre after she accused him in a US lawsuit of sexually abusing her 20 years in the past when she was 17. The prince didn’t admit wrongdoing within the settlement.

His navy titles and royal patronages had been returned to the Queen.

Andrew will not appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to mark his mom’s Platinum Jubilee this week after the Queen determined that solely working members of the Royal Household would be part of her.

The archbishop will miss the Jubilee service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday after testing positive for COVID and contracting pneumonia.

Stephen Cottrell, the Archbishop of York, will take his place.

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