Magazine article Anglican Journal

Sexuality Disputes Hinder Unity

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Sexuality Disputes Hinder Unity

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Porto Alegre, Brazil

(ENI)--Disputes in churches about homosexuality are hampering the search for Christian unity, Vatican officials said during the global meeting of the World Council of Churches.

"In the past all Christian churches had the same position on this question," Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, told a media conference at the WCC assembly. "But now there are not only divisions between our church and other churches, there are also divisions within churches."

He referred in particular to the Anglican Communion, which has been riven With division over homosexuality since the election in 2003 of Gene Robinson as the first bishop in the Episcopal Church in the United States to live openly in an active homosexual relationship.

Cardinal Kasper's commission has previously stated that Bishop Robinson's election "created new obstacles" for relations between the Roman Catholic church and the Anglican Communion. And, in 2005, a Vatican statement said people with "deep-seated homosexual tendencies" should not become priests.

"We want to be faithful to what Scripture is saying," said Cardinal Kasper. "There are also some anthropological questions. People are no longer sure what it means to be a man, to be a woman."

Still, the Catholic church opposed "any kind of discrimination" against homosexuals, he said.

Bishop Brian FarreH, the secretary of the Vatican's unity commission, said the Roman Catholic church was resolved to continue its dialogue with the Anglican Communion. …

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