The Archbishop of Canterbury says the Church of England is facing one of its most severe challenges.
Doctor Rowan Williams believes there is a pain and perplexity about same-sex relations.
He was addressing hundreds of bishops at the Lambeth Conference - a ten-yearly international event.
It is been overshadowed by a row over teachings on homosexuality.
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