Magazine article Anglican Journal

Existing Commission Will Study Unions

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Existing Commission Will Study Unions

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Archbishop Andrew Hutchison has decided not to appoint new members to the Primate's Theological Commission, which has been asked by General Synod to determine whether the blessing of same-sex unions is a matter of doctrine and to submit its findings at the 2006 triennial meeting in Winnipeg.

Archbishop Hutchison said he considered whether to form a separate task force or appoint new members to the commission, a task that belongs to the primate. However, after meeting with members of the commission last June in Montreal, he decided otherwise.

"I was there to take to them a request from General Synod, which had asked if the new primate would ask the commission to make a judgment on whether the blessing of same-sex relationships involves doctrine or not," he said in an interview with Anglican Journal. "I considered the possibility of appointing a special task force but then I thought it would probably be better received if the commission, that I did not appoint but my predecessor did, took the assignment. …

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