Today's plenary to focus on `open reception,' primates
A plenary business session for the Lambeth bishops starting at 3.30pm today will address the draft report and resolutions of Section Three, which has been considering the topic ``Called to be Faithful in a Plural World.''
Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold, of the Episcopal Church in the United States, will serve as chair, assisted by Archbishop Livingstone MpalanyiNkoyoyo, of Uganda, as vice-chair. Two resolutions from SectionThree will be debated. One addresses the unity of the Anglican Communion as it relates to the ordination of women to priesthood (III.2).
It calls for all provinces to uphold the principle of `open reception' of women ordained in other provinces, but also calls on provinces to affirm that ``those who dissent from, as well as those who assent to, the ordination of women are not disloyal Anglicans.'' It would rule out penalties for clergy ``supporting or objecting to the ordination of women to the priesthood,'' and states that ``no bishop will be obliged to ordain, license or institute a woman priest in that bishop's diocese.'' The second (III.6) would enhance the role of the Primates' Meeting under the leadership of the Archbishop of Canterbury, including ``intervention in cases of exceptional emergency'' in provinces.
The plenary also will consider regional resolutions unaddressed yesterday.
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