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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Date Posted:
10/4/2004

Rev Robin Eames


Eames Commission on Anglican homosexual schism to report on 18 October


British Church Newspaper - 17 September 2004

The Eames Commission on how the Anglican Communion should handle the divisions over homosexuality in the Communion concluded its work last Friday (10th September). The Rt Rev Robin Eames, Anglican Primate of All Ireland, issued a brief statement saying that its report would be published on 18 October.

The Lambeth Conference in 1998 concluded: "Anglican communion cannot support the legitimising or blessing of same-sex unions or endorsing those in same-sex unions". Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, is in a difficult position as he knowingly appointed a homosexual priest whilst Bishop of Wales.

Rumour has it that there will be some kind of "formal suspension" of ECUSA, the Episcopal Church USA, following which there will be a radical restructuring of the Anglican Communion into a federation.

The Queen has apparently made it clear to Dr Rowan Williams that she will not tolerate the break up of the Anglican Communion over the gay issue, and that Williams must do everything to see that the orthodox are not penalised for their views, sources in London told Virtuosity.

Two sources told journalist David Virtue (Virtuosity) that the Lambeth/Eames Commission not be an "Anglican fudge".

A source close to the Commission told Virtuosity that the choice is between the vibrant, burgeoning church of the Global South or a declining liberal Western Church.

What is truly needed is for ECUSA and the leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada to repent and remove open homosexual Bishop V Gene Robinson. Also for Presiding Bishop of ECUSA, Griswold, to confess that he signed the declaration at Lambeth and then proceeded to do exactly what he had promised not to do, and repent, said another source.

The idea of a total exclusion of ECUSA from the worldwide body is not likely to happen, but temporary measures may be imposed until ECUSA and Griswold repent of their actions. If that does not happen, more serious action will be taken.

Bitter fighting has been going on in the Episcopal Church since the consecration of V Gene Robinson the homoerotic Bishop of New Hampshire, with more than a dozen Primates (senior Archbishops of Anglican Provinces) having declared themselves in either impaired or broken communion with the Episcopal Church.

The Nigerian Church will shortly send a bishop to the US and is already planting new evangelical Anglican churches on American shores. A number of orthodox Primates have already taken several Episcopal Churches under their protection in response to the crisis.

What is truly needed is for ECUSA and the leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada to repent and remove open homosexual Bishop V Gene Robinson. Also for Presiding Bishop of ECUSA, Griswold, to confess that he signed the declaration at Lambeth and then proceeded to do exactly what he had promised not to do, and repent, said another source.

A source close to the Commission told Virtuosity that the choice is between the vibrant burgeoning church of the Global South or a declining liberal Western Church.

Bitter fighting has been going on in the Episcopal Church since the consecration of V Gene Robinson the homoerotic Bishop of New Hampshire, with more than a dozen Primates (senior Archbishops of Anglican Provinces) having declared themselves in either impaired or broken communion with the Episcopal Church.

The Nigerian Church will shortly send a bishop to the US and is already planting new evangelical Anglican churches on American shores. A number of orthodox Primates have already taken several Episcopal churches under their protection in response to the crisis.

Retired Archbishop George Carey has caused controversy be agreeing to carry out confirmation ceremonies in the United States, at the invitation of dissident parishes, which are withholding support from the US Episcopal Church because of the homosexuality issue. He has agreed to do so at Truro, Virginia, but only with the permission of Bishop.

Griswold is not only an extreme liberal but he also has strong Anglo-Catholic links and on 24 and 24 September will officiate at a Solemn Mass and Procession to the Altar of Repose at St Paul's Parish Church, Washington DC. The church has a local 'Shrine of our Lady of Walsingham', where a Solemn Mass of the Holy House will be held on 16 October as part of a 'Regional Walsingham Festival'. The church's website emphasises the need for 'Marian devotion' and a group of parishioners will be making a pilgrimage to Walsingham next April.

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