Magazine article Anglican Journal

Votes Stir Reaction in Communion

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Votes Stir Reaction in Communion

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Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams was among those who welcomed the decision by General Synod to defer a decision on the issue of same-sex blessings until 2007, saying it "offers hope for the continuing collegiality of the Anglican Communion." In a statement, Archbishop Williams said, "It is important that the Canadian church has held back from a structural shift that would have run counter to the pleas and wishes of the Primates' meeting last autumn and of so many around the Communion. In doing so, it has avoided complicating still further work of the Lambeth Commission."

The reactions were mixed, however, among General Synod delegates. "I am torn in half," said Jane Morton of the diocese of Rupert's Land. "I have friends that are gay who are in lasting, loving relationships and yet, I'm feeling for my Aboriginal friends who are not ready."

Bishop Michael Ingham of New Westminster, whose diocesan synod granted same-sex blessings in 2002, said he was "not surprised or disappointed by the decision." He added: "What the synod has said tonight is that they wish to study the matter further before making any recommendation as a General Synod. They've not prevented any diocese from considering the matter as they wish to do at a local level. …

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