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Canadian Primate Says Spiritual Questions on Homosexuality Throughout the Communion
The Living Church Foundation ^ | 7/02/2005 | Aaron Orear

Posted on 07/03/2005 8:17:44 AM PDT by sionnsar

Along with the Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada met with censure after presentations to the Anglican Consultative Council regarding the two provinces’ recent innovations with respect to homosexuality. Canada’s Primate, Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, was ill and unable to deliver an informal series of speeches and discussions exploring the current crisis within the Anglican Communion which was scheduled the week after the ACC presentation.

Instead, the Ven. Paul Feheley, principal secretary to Archbishop Hutchison, delivered the speeches by proxy. He reported that the majority of the Communion “wants us to admit that we’ve made a horrible mistake, say we’ve been bad children, go to the corner, and promise never to do it again.”

In contrast to narrow consensus at ACC-13, in his speeches to divinity alumni from the University of Trinity College, Toronto, Archbishop Hutchison suggested the possibility that at least some of the ACC delegates had been motivated by a global perception of North American arrogance, concluding that the issue could be more about power than scripture and doctrine.

“Listening to the debate, one would have thought that there were no homosexuals in Africa or Asia, that only the United States and Canada had been struggling with this,” Archdeacon Feheley said. “But we know that isn’t true.”

The lack of openness about sexuality, both in North America and the world, became one of the central themes of the conference, which was titled “The Ties That Bind.” The three-day event was attended by 80 graduates, mostly from Canada but also including individuals from the United States and Great Britain.

While much of the international discussion has focused on the actions of the American and Canadian churches as breaches of communion, the conference expressed a different opinion as it explored the issue from June 27-29. Referring to the refusal of some primates, meeting in Northern Ireland last February, to attend the closing Eucharist, one attendee asked, “Who’s out of communion with whom? They wouldn’t even sit in the same chapel with us.”

Archbishop Michael Peers, a retired primate, said he “would rather be part of a church that debates whether this is doctrine or not doctrine, whether this is church dividing or not church dividing than be part of a church that says, ‘We fear this may be church dividing, and therefore you shall not talk about it.’”

After two and a half days of speeches, worship, open discussions and small-group work, the conference recorded its conversation in a statement of consensus. The thrust of that statement, titled “A Responsible Place at the Table,” was a call to remain in communion while respecting differing points of view and accepting that conflict is part of reality.
- Aaron Orear

To read the complete statement produced at the conference, click here.

Click here to read the Globe and Mail account of the conference.

TOPICS: Mainline Protestant
KEYWORDS: homosexuality; protestant
[So. They fully understand, but reject it. --sionnsar]
1 posted on 07/03/2005 8:17:45 AM PDT by sionnsar
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To: sionnsar

What part of the word "abomination" do they not understand?

2 posted on 07/03/2005 8:24:12 AM PDT by thoughtomator (The legislative process is like the digestive process, same end product)
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To: sionnsar

Maybe their bible is missing a few pages?

1Corithians 6:9-10: "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God."

3 posted on 07/03/2005 8:24:19 AM PDT by Hodar (With Rights, come Responsibilities. Don't assume one, without assuming the other.)
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To: Hodar
Something is definitely missing.
4 posted on 07/03/2005 8:35:42 AM PDT by sionnsar (†† || Iran Azadi || <Airbus A380)^: The BIG PIG)
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To: thoughtomator

" “The Ties That Bind.” "

Great... they're into bondage. *eyeroll*

Seriously, when the conference is about sexual perversions, can't they come up with a title that isn't a reference to sexual perversions?

5 posted on 07/03/2005 11:21:26 AM PDT by dangus
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To: thoughtomator
What part of the concept "antithetical to the paradigm of physical reality as applied to mammals" do they not understand?

6 posted on 07/03/2005 11:25:35 AM PDT by William Terrell (Individuals can exist without government but government can't exist without individuals.)
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To: dangus

Ironically that's the point... once you start down that road there's nothing that can't get sucked down with it.

Boy, I'm all out of entendres for today!

7 posted on 07/03/2005 12:29:08 PM PDT by thoughtomator (The legislative process is like the digestive process, same end product)
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