The canon law of the Catholic Church requires that clerics "observe perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the kingdom of heaven". In a senior Vatican official confirmed...
At the end of a second day of talks, Justin Welby , the archbishop of Canterbry, was thought to be maintaining a fragile hold over the fractious gathering of 38 primates. The 38 leaders are cloistered in the medieval crypt of Canterbury Cathedral this week after being summoned by Welby, in an attempt to move the Anglican communion beyond its paralysis over the issue of sexuality.
Welby wants the communion, which has 85 million members worldwide, to focus on important issues such as religious violence and climate change. At the start of the second day of talks, Peter Jensen, the chair of Gafcon, an alliance of conservative Anglican churches deeply opposed to gay rights and same-sex marriage, released a video message saying: Welby proposes that, in the face of intractable strife, the communion should refashion itself as a loose confederation of churches rather than being adherent to a common doctrine.
The Church of England anticipated that archbishops from six African countries — Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, South Sudan, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo — would walk out in protest during the week-long talks. They and other members of Gafcon want Welby to impose sanctions on the Episcopal Church of America, which heightened the simmering conflict over homosexuality when it consecrated a gay priest, Gene Robinson, as bishop of New Hampshire in A walkout could lead to a formal rather than de facto schism, with conservative churches around the world realigning under the authority of Gafcon.
However, if the six leaders wish to formally detach their provinces from the Anglican communion, each needs to embark on a lengthy process authorised by their churches. Many liberal Anglicans in the UK and elsewhere, horrified by the homophobic stance of conservative churches in sub-Saharan Africa, believe a split is inevitable and preferable to continued infighting and paralysis.
Welby is said to be phlegmatic about the prospect, believing he has done everything possible to offer the opportunity to forge a new, looser relationship, which hardliners may choose to reject. In his opening address to the week-long meeting in Canterbury on Monday, Welby acknowledged tensions and divisions within the communion.
The issue of homosexuality has dominated the Anglican communion for more than 20 years.
According to the new policy, men with "transitory" homosexual leanings may be ordained deacons following three years of prayer and chastity. Many liberal Anglicans in the UK and elsewhere, horrified by the homophobic stance of conservative churches in sub-Saharan Africa, believe a split is inevitable and preferable to continued infighting and paralysis.
On this issue, I had to report back to the Synod, the only agreement we reached is that we were not of one mind". Its president, Bill Donohue has described the Church child sex abuse crisis as a "homosexual" problem rather than a "pedophilia" problem since most of the incidents involved sex between men and boys rather than girls.
It is our hope that what has been learned through the relationships developed will inform the way the church conducts whatever further formal discussions may be necessary in the future. After the Synod, Bishop David Chillingworth , the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, gave his assessment of the situation regarding the change in the marriage canon.
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