Two bishops from the Church of England have officially backed an investigation into gay conversion therapy, The Sunday Times reports.
The two bishops are supporting the Ozanne Foundation’s survey of British people who have been subjected to, or interacted with conversion therapies.
Paul Bayes, the Bishop of Liverpool, has said he was concerned that these therapies were being practiced in the name of religion, David Walker, the Bishop of Manchester, also agreed.
The Church has been vocal about not supporting these practices in the past. In 2017, the Church voted in favour of a ban on conversion therapy and said in a statement: “Given that many practitioners are non-medically trained religious leaders, it is imperative that the Church of England is unequivocal in its condemnation of such harmful practices.
“The practice is unethical, potentially harmful and has no place in the modern world.”