Rowan Williams warns Primates about intemperate gay language

In an Advent letter to the 37 other Anglican primates around the world sent on Friday, the Rt Revd Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, calls for repentance from those who by their use of hostile language towards homosexuals, have contributed to anger and vitriol which can lead to suicide and even murder. He has […]

Toronto Anglicans vote to defer decision on blessing same-sex unions

At a special synod at St. James Cathedral on Saturday, November 27, 2004, the Anglican diocese of Toronto voted to defer a decision on approving the blessing of same-sex unions until 2006. It agreed to wait until the Primate’s Theological Commission delivers its report on whether the blessing is a matter of church doctrine. The […]

Bishop Gene Robinson denies AP report about attending Lambeth Conference

A report by the Associated Press in London, England, today (December 16, 2004) claimed that Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire (USA) would attend the 2008 Lambeth Conference in defiance of other bishops. Bishop Robinson denies the report and has asked the Associated Press for a retraction. The AP report claims — under the headline […]

Archbishop Njongonkulu of Cape Town declares same-sex marriages unchristian

Church Times The Primate of Southern Africa, the Most Revd Njongonkulu Ndungane, declared that same-sex marriages were “definitely” unchristian in an interview last week. Archbishop Ndungane was speaking after a ruling by the South African Supreme Court of Appeal that the common-law definition of marriage must be extended to include same-sex partners. The Most Rev […]

Archbishop Malango speaks out on homosexuality

The Archbishop of Central Africa, the Most Revd Bernard Malango, spoke out last week on the issue of homosexuality, after attending a workshop on HIV/AIDS in Zambia. He said that those who failed to adhere to Anglican biblical morality by condoning the ordination of gay priests and the blessings of same-sex marriage should not belong […]

Archbishop Robin Eames says American Church ‘never likely to face discipline’

The Primate of Ireland, Archbishop Robin Eames, has warned in an interview with the Church of England Newspaper that the Communion’s conservative provinces should not expect calls to be answered for the American Church to face discipline for its decision to consecrate the Anglican Communion’s first practising gay bishop or the diocese of New Westminster […]

South African churches urge referendum on gay marriage proposal

Reuters South Africa’s leading churches urged President Thabo Mbeki on Saturday to call a referendum on gay marriages, saying a recent court ruling in favour of the unions ignored overwhelming public opposition. On November 30 the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that the current definition of marriage, excluding gays and lesbians, was unconstitutional. Gay activists […]

Inclusive Church launches in the north

Inclusive Church, a network of Anglicans who support gay clergy and endorse the blessing of same-sex relationships, broadened its geographical reach this weekend when a new group was formed in Sheffield. Inclusive Church was set up at the height of the row over the election of Bishop Gene Robinson in the USA and the forced […]

Archbishop Rowan Williams chairs English bishops’ meeting on gay crisis

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, is jointly chairing a meeting today, 1 December at Lambeth Palace with the Archbishop of York, Dr David Hope to discuss the way forward over the homosexuality crisis in the Anglican Church with more than 50 Church of England bishops. All 44 diocesan bishops and 10 suffragans have […]

Advent pastoral letter from the Archbishop of Canterbury – Lambeth

Primates of the Anglican Communion Moderators of the United Churches 1. As we move towards the Advent season once again, I write with love and concern for the well-being of our Communion and the future of our common discipleship. In II.Tim.4.8, the apostle speaks of the Lord’s promise ‘to all those who wait with love […]