Canada: Anglican CoGs to Decide on Withdrawal from Key Meeting
- Official News Release: Anglican Council of General Synod to Decide on
Withdrawal from Key Meeting
Toronto, May 2, 2005 -- The Anglican Church of Canada's governing
council, meeting in Mississauga Ont. Later this week, is set to decide
on a request that the Canadian church voluntarily absent itself from a
key Communion gathering.
The Council of General Synod (CoGS) will also address another request
that the church impose a moratorium on the blessing of same-sex unions
at its meeting at the Queen of Apostles Renewal Centre, Mississauga,
Ont., May 6-8.
(CoGs is the chief governing body of the Anglican Church of Canada. It
is the body that oversees the implementation of General Synod
decisions and any matters referred to it by the Primate. It meets
twice a year between sessions of the General Synod.)
Members of CoGs will be responding to the Anglican Primates'
Communiqué, which the heads of provincial churches issued after
their meeting in Dromantine, Northern Ireland, in February.
The key request contained in the Anglican Primates' communiqué was
that the Canadian and U.S. churches voluntarily withdraw their members
from participating in meetings of the Anglican Consultative Council
for the period leading up to the next Lambeth Conference in 2008.
(Last month, the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church in the
United States agreed on behalf of the U.S. church to honour the
The Anglican Consultative Council is made up of bishops, priests and
lay people from each of the worldwide Anglican Communion's 39
provinces and is considered an "instrument of unity."
The other major issue before CoGs is a proposal for a moratorium on
blessings of same-sex unions made by a special commission that
examined how the communion can stay together in light of growing
controversies around sexual issues. In its report - The Windsor Report
- the international commission requested such a moratorium.
Archdeacon Jim Boyles, General Secretary of the Anglican Church of
Canada, says that a process for discussions has been prepared for
council members before they vote on the issues.
At CoGS on May 6, he said, Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, the Canadian
Primate, will talk about the Primates' meeting in Northern Ireland.
This will be followed by a series of presentations by General Synod
committees that have considered the matter. Council will also hear
from youth, from the conservative group Essentials, and from
Integrity, a group that advocates for the full inclusion of gay and
lesbian people in the church. Lutheran partners will also address the
issue. The council, which ultimately makes the decision, will also
consider positions on this issue taken by General Synod committees and
a recent statement from the House of Bishops.
Friday evening, Council members will focus on the Windsor report.
Council will also hear from the Primate's Theological Commission which
was asked by General Synod 2004, to consider whether the blessing of
committed same-sex unions is a matter of doctrine.
Council is expected to vote on the key issues on Saturday evening
CoGs will also consider a host of resolutions and motions dealing with
the work of the church and review General Synod's budget for 2005.
The Council's deliberations are normally public, although it does have
the option to go into closed session.
* The Primates' Communiqué:
* Statement by Canadian Anglican Bishops:
* The Windsor Report and Responses:
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