Saturday, July 26, 2008
LAMBETH CONSIDERING FAITH AND ORDER COMMISSION
An Anglican version of the Holy Office - the Vatican body responsible for endorsing doctrine and suppressing heresy - was proposed yesterday in an attempt to resolve the ongoing rows over homosexuality and bring the church back from the brink of schism.
The initiative, revealed yesterday in Canterbury as the town hosts the Lambeth Conference, would tackle divisive issues such the ordination of gay clergy and the blessing of same-sex relationships.
The Vatican body is formally known as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Setting up an Anglican "Faith and Order Commission" could bring guidance on "issues raised by our current crisis", according to a document released by the Windsor Continuation Group, which analyses tensions within the communion.