A senior Anglican minister has apologised after saying Christians should pray for Prince George to be gay in order to support same-sex marriage.
The Very Rev Kevin Holdsworth, senior Scottish Episcopal church minister, said Christians should hope “the Lord blesses George with the love of a fine young gentleman” to aid the progression of LGBT rights in the church.
He wrote: “If people don’t want to engage in campaigning in this way, they do in England have another unique option, which is to pray in the privacy of their hearts (or in public if they dare) for the Lord to bless Prince George with a love, when he grows up, of a fine young gentleman.
Rev Holdsworth, an LGBT campaigner, sparked controversy for the remarks – which were written more than two years ago – after they resurfaced last week.
The provost of St Mary’s Cathedral in Glasgow has now clarified his remarks in a post published on Thursday and said it had never been his intention to cause hurt.
“The post was entirely about the church and its policies around LGBT inclusion,” he wrote. “The debate about the church and sexuality will go on. I’m not interested in continuing it through a conversation about Prince George.”