Skip to comments.Panel of Reference named
Posted on 06/07/2005 3:26:01 PM PDT by sionnsar
Chair: Peter Carnley
Mr. Robert Tong, diocese of Sydney, former ACC delegate from Australia
Mr. Michael Evans, QC, Chairman of the Standing Committee, Church in Wales
The Rev. Dr. Joseph Galo, Kenya
Mr. Bernard Georges, Chancellor of the Indian Ocean
The Most Rev Walter Khotsu Makulu, Retired Primate of Central Africa
The Rev Canon John Moore, retired Director of the Intercontinental Church Society
Mrs. Rubie Nottage, Chancellor of the West Indies and member of the Lambeth Commission on Communion
The Rt. Rev. Claude Payne, retired Bishop of Texas
The Rt. Rev. John Sentamu, Bishop of Birmingham
The Most Rev. Maurice Sinclair, retired Primate of the Southern Cone
The Rev. Stephen Trott, member of General Synod and Church Commissioner of the CoE
Ms. Fung Yi Wong, ACC delegate of the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui
The international Anglican panel to deal with disputes over homosexuality that have racked the church will include a powerful Australian conservative.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, will today name Robert Tong, chairman of the influential evangelical lobby group Anglican Church League, on the 13-member panel, to be chaired by former Australian Anglican leader Peter Carnley.
Mr Tong, a Sydney solicitor and close friend of Sydney Archbishop Peter Jensen, took a combative stance yesterday, saying that although Dr Carnley had given interviews suggesting how the panel would operate, the panel itself would decide that when it met.
He agreed that his appointment was a significant concession by Dr Williams to evangelicals, who oppose gay priests and gay marriage.
Mr Tong is a member of the national canon law commission, a member of Sydneys standing committee, chairman of the Sydney churchs property trust and secretary of its theological college committee .
So, is this good or bad?
sitetest, it's hard to say. None of these names mean anything to me. What is good, though, is Mr. Tong's stance on how the panel will operate (which is why I added that article). There was a lot of complaint that Carnley's approach basically made the panel worthless.
"Panel of Reference???"..it sounds like a Quality Control group for Home Depot.
I know, it is wretchedly named, isn't it?
Are these the guys who are going to re-arrange the deck chairs on the Titanic?
The last I'd heard they were to meet to discuss the issue. Or something like that.
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