Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Anglicans in Canada Favor Dialogue Over Debate on Homosexuality

From Christian Post-

Anglicans in Canada have been continuing a period of discernment and conversations over human sexuality issues. And so far, they have agreed to respect a commitment they made years ago against the ordination of partnered homosexuals and the blessing of same-sex unions.

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, said the church body remains mindful of its relationship with the worldwide Anglican Communion and committed to the 2008 decision to practice restraint in regards to homosexual matters while at the same time exercising "the greatest level of pastoral generosity."

"We have not as a house revisited or altered that decision in any way," he said, as he addressed members of the General Synod – the chief legislative body – over the weekend.

Though the body, representing some 800,000 Anglicans, currently remains committed to the moratoria that Anglican leaders worldwide have agreed to a number of times since 2004, dioceses within the Anglican Church of Canada have already permitted the blessing of same-sex unions.

Among them are the Diocese of New Westminster and the Diocese of Huron.

Their actions have left conservative Anglicans, particularly those in the Global South, grieving and frustrated that the morotoria have not been honored. In April, some 130 Anglicans from 20 provinces were urged to reconsider their relationships with the Anglican Church of Canada as well as with The Epsicopal Church in the United States, which ordained its second partnered homosexual last month.

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