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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Anglican leaders welcome report on gay issues
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 Leaders across the worldwide Anglican church broadly welcomed the Lambeth Commission's Windsor report on the ordination of a gay bishop and blessings for same-sex couples yesterday. The commission was set up after one US diocese consecrated an openly gay priest as its bishop and a diocese in Canada agreed to bless same-sex unions. Conservative churches, particularly those in Africa, were shocked at the development and threatened to leave the Anglican Communion, while the American and Canadian churches involved in the controversy said they were trying to be "more inclusive" . The commission has urged US church leaders to apologise, and to stop consecrating gay and lesbian bishops. Dr Robin Eames, Archbishop of Armagh, who chaired the commission, said: "In the end this commission and its report is about what sort of Anglican Communion we want to belong to. It is about how we deal with and relate to each other." In his foreword to the report he wrote: "Perhaps the greatest tragedy of our current difficulties is the negative consequence it could have on the mission of the church to a suffering and bewildered world. "Even as the commission prepared for its final meeting the cries of children in a school in southern Russia reminded us of our real witness and ministry in a world already confronted by poverty, violence, HIV/Aids, famine and injustice." The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams said: "I commend this report and its proposals for discussion and reflection by our fellow primates, a task which we are due to begin at the Primates' Standing Committee next week. I am sure we will also wish to give serious consideration to facilitating responses to the report from Anglicans and others worldwide." Source: ACN
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