Anglican bishops apologise for misinformation about Robinson
The bishops of Sydney have issued a public apology for circulating erroneous information about the personal life of the Episcopalian bishop-elect, Canon Gene Robinson.
In a statement released in June that criticised Mr Robinson's impending appointment, the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, and his five assistant bishops accused the American priest of abandoning his wife and two children to pursue a homosexual relationship.
Dr Jensen has now said he accepts that the split between Mr Robinson and his wife had been amicable and had taken place almost two years before he met his partner, Mark Andrew.
Dr Jensen said he could not recall where he had obtained the misinformation, which was also published in several London tabloid newspapers as well as in some religious newspapers in the UK.
The comments had been made in good faith, he said, and reflected "the wider understanding of the situation that was carried in the media, both here and overseas".
Dr Jensen said a written apology had been forwarded to Mr Robinson.