UK Anglican commission to draft report on gay controversy
September 02, 2004
LONDON — A commission appointed to find ways of holding the Anglican
Communion together despite an explosive controversy over
homosexuality will meet next week to draw up its final report, its
chairman said Wednesday.
Archbishop Robin Eames
Archbishop Robin Eames, the primate of the Church of England,
said the panel would meet at Windsor Castle west of London to
complete a report which will be published sometime in October.
The commission was appointed last October after the Episcopal
Church in the United States consecrated the first openly gay
Anglican bishop, the Right Rev. V. Gene Robinson in New Hampshire.
Conservative churches within the communion vehemently protested,
and some have cut off ties with the Episcopal Church – and also
with the Canadian diocese of New Westminster, which has approved
blessing ceremonies for same-sex unions.
"While the commission has not been asked to pronounce on
sexuality issues it is expected that its report will recommend
radical changes in the ways Anglicanism relates to its different
constituencies," a statement from Eames office said.
It added that the commission had been in touch with many of the
38 national churches in the Anglican Communion, and had received
hundreds of written and oral submissions.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is spiritual
leader of the Anglican Communion but has little authority to impose
discipline on the independent national churches. – Sapa-AP
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