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A point of important information and clarification concerning ACNS 3730:

Posted on: January 12, 2004 1:14 PM
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A point of important information and clarification concerning ACNS 3730:  Statement from Bishops of the Province of the Congo

It has been brought to my attention that the statement from the Province of the Congo has within it two items that need clarification:

The Statement reads:

"We, the Bishops of the Anglican Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo...strongly condemn...the use of the newly devised Prayer Book published by the Diocese of New Westminster/Canada for the purpose of officiating the blessing of same-sex marriages..." (ACNS 3730)

The Communications Officer for the Diocese of New Westminster, Neale Adams, has written to say that the Diocese of New Westminster has neither devised a "Prayer Book" nor does it allow "same-sex marriages".

Mr Adams said in a letter, "As you are no doubt aware, we in the Diocese of New Westminster, synod and bishop, in our commitment to ensuring that homosexuals who seek to be included in the Anglican Communion feel safe and respected and loved by God, have together authorized a blessing of covenanted same sex unions."

The statement was issued on ACNS, attributed to the original source, and had been widely distributed.

Jim Rosenthal
Director of Communications