Archbishop of Canterbury leads gay summit -1/12/04
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, will lead a summit of more than 50 Church of England bishops today to discuss the way forward over the homosexuality crisis in the Anglican Church, reports the Times. It folows a 3?-page letter from the Archbishop, sent on Friday to Primates, warning of serious consequences if Anglicans do not heal their rift. The meeting, to be chaired jointly with the Archbishop of York, Dr David Hope, will take place behind closed doors at Lambeth Palace, in London. All 44 diocesan bishops and 10 suffragans have been invited to debate how to give a lead to their flock over Octoberís Windsor Report, the document produced by the commission set up to examine the crisis. The report called for a moratorium on the authorisation of same-sex blessing ceremonies and on the consecration of gay bishops and for statements of regret from provinces that had breached the ìbonds of communionî. It also proposed a covenant to be agreed by all 38 provinces to inhibit further schismatic developments.