Thursday, March 01, 2007

Anglican leaders walk fine line around gay debate

[Hamilton Spectator] 1 Mar 2007--The Church of England's assembly affirmed yesterday existing teaching that homosexuality is no bar to full participation in the church, but it avoided the fractious debate within the Anglican Communion about accepting gay sexual relationships.

A motion approved nearly unanimously by the governing General Synod affirmed, "that homosexual orientation in itself is no bar to a faithful Christian life or in full participation to lay and ordained ministry." But a commitment to "respect the patterns of holy living to which lesbian and gay Christians aspire," was rejected.

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