Anglicans release report on divisive gay issue

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1. Various exteriors of Saint Paul’s Cathedral
2. Press conference
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Robin Eames, Irish primate, head of The Lambeth Commission:
“This means that we invite offending provinces and dioceses first of all to issue an expression of regret for the actions they have taken which have breached the bonds of affection and communion and secondly to impose a moratorium on any development of these controversial issues. Furthermore, we call upon individuals to examine their conscience so that until such an expression of regret is forthcoming they should ask themselves whether it would be appropriate for them to assume representative positions either within the Anglican communion or on behalf of the communion. In other words, ladies and gentlemen, the commission is calling all members of the Anglican communion to put our common life together, first under God as part of our discipleship and part of our exploration of the way forward.”
4. Press conference
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Robin Eames, Irish primate, head of The Lambeth Commission:
“We call upon all provinces and bishops to abide by this standard of teaching although at the same time we recognise that there is still a debate to be held. The debate called for in (19)78, (19)88 and (19)98 still has to continue and beyond that it should be stressed there is absolutely no room for homophobia in the life of the Christian church. No room, no contemplation of it and no support for it.”
6. Gay cleric Reverend Colin Coward holding banner outside Saint Paul’s Cathedral
7. Coward
8. Ribbon on jacket
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Reverend Colin Coward, Gay cleric:
“From my point of view I don’t think there’s anything to apologise for. The church has always ordained gay priests and gay bishops, it’s simply that now it’s being more honest about it and more open and that’s a very good thing. But if it means that the communion can stay together then an apology of that sort is appropriate.”
10. Militant gay and human rights activist Peter Tatchell holding placard reading ‘No unity with anti-gay Anglicans’ outside Saint Paul’s Cathedral
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Peter Tatchell, militant gay rights leader:
“This report seems to be a fudge but it’s not coming down on the side the lesbian and gay people within the church. It’s making concessions to those within the church who despise homosexuals, who believe we’re not entitled to full human rights. On those grounds it’s wrong, it’s unjust, it collusions with oppression.”
12. Placard reading ‘No unity with anti-gay Anglicans’
13. Tatchell handing out leaflets


An Anglican church commission on Monday sharply criticised the United States Episcopal Church for consecrating a gay bishop and called on the church to apologise.

The commission also requested that it refrain from promoting any other clergy living in a same-sex union.

The report of the commission, headed by Irish primate Robin Eames, also proposed that the 38 national churches that constitute the Anglican Communion sign a covenant expressing their support for what it called current Anglican teachings.

Worldwide, Anglican conservatives are heavily in the majority.

At a press conference at Saint Paul’s Cathedral in central London, Eames invited “offending dioceses” to express their regret for their actions.

Outside Saint Paul’s Cathedral, gay cleric Reverend Colin Coward said he didn’t think there was anything to apologise for.

Militant gay and human rights activist Peter Tatchell, who was protesting outside the cathedral, said that the report is “wrong” and “unjust”.

It urged those archbishops and bishops who have intervened with Episcopalian churches to seek an accommodation with the Episcopal bishop or bishops involved.

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