Issue No. 16Saturday 8 August 1998
The Official Newspaper of the
Lambeth Conference

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Bishops offer support to gay Anglicans
from staff reports

In a strong sign of support, some 100 Lambeth bishops have put their names to `A Pastoral Statement to Lesbian and Gay Anglicans'. Drafted by Bishop Ronald Haines (Washington, DC) in the wake of Wednesday's vote on the `Sexuality' resolution and circulated yesterday, the letter states:``Within the limitations of this Conference, it has not been possible to hear adequately your voices, and we apologise for any sense of rejection that has occurred because of this reality.'' ``We pledge that we will continue to reflect, pray, and work for your full inclusion in the life of the Church. It is obvious that Communion-wide we are in great disagreement over what full inclusion would mean,'' the letter states. ``You, our sisters and brothers in Christ,deserve a more thorough hearing than you received over the past three weeks. We will work to make that so.'' Signatures on the pastoral letter include three Primates; Canada's Michael Peers, Scotland's Richard Holloway and Wales's Alwyn Jones. (The document, with signatures, provided
here by Anglicans Online.)

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