Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Pilling Report and the Anglican Communion

By Rev. Prof. Stephen Noll
December 3, 2013

On 28 November 2013 The Church of England House of Bishops' Working Group on Human Sexuality released its Report, which is more commonly known as the Pilling Report (PR). The full text of the 200-page document is found here. http://tinyurl.com/q32a3x8 An introduction and commendations by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York are found here. http://tinyurl.com/p598hos Initial reaction from conservatives in the Church of England can be found here. http://tinyurl.com/moymbnd No doubt there will be much commentary yet to come, especially from within the Church of England.

The following analysis is restricted to those parts of the PR that most directly relate to the Anglican Communion in general and the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (GFCA) in particular. Although the Report does have chapter divisions, I shall refer to it by section (§).

The Anglican Communion

The PR devotes considerable space referencing the Anglican Communion. However, the references are lopsided in emphasis. In its Introduction (§§10-39), it focuses exclusively on a purported "Communion-wide shift of emphasis" to "the listening process," or "facilitated conversation" or, using an African word, "indaba."

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