Shortly before Christmas, Church House published a 13-point summary of business conducted by the House of Bishops when it met on 10 and 11 December. Point 7 of this, which has caused some confusion in online forums and among campaigners, said that the Bishops “considered an interim report from the group chaired by Sir Joseph Pilling on the Church of England’s approach to human sexuality”. This group was set up in January 2012, with a wider remit than the group chaired by Bishop Paterson, which was looking specifically at civil partnerships.
The summary said that the Bishops did “not intend to issue a further pastoral statement on civil partnerships” until the Pilling group concluded its work later this year. It did not mention the work of Bishop [Robert] Paterson’s group.
The summary, however, went on to say that the Bishops “confirmed that the requirements in the 2005 statement concerning the eligibility for ordination of those in civil partnerships whose relationships are consistent with the teaching of the Church of England apply equally in relation to the episcopate”
[i]THE moratorium on the appointment as bishops of gay priests in civil partnerships has been lifted. [/i]
The Church of England has been steadily ‘dethroning itself’ over the years as the ‘flagship national church’ of the Anglican Communion through the achievement/actualization of the secular agenda of many of its clergy and laity.
The consecration of gay priests as bishops will effectively alienate over 70% of the members of the world-wide Anglican Communion.
Its time to find someone other than the Archbishop of Canterbury to lead the Anglican Communion.
It is either that or a full-fledged schism of the Anglican Communion.