UK Anglican commission to draft report on gay controversy

September 02, 2004

Archbishop Robin Eames
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, 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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