For Immediate Release

December 2, 2003

Statement by Archbishop Alex J. Brunett on Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue

The recent decision of a Canadian Anglican diocese to develop a rite for blessing same-sex unions and the ordination of Bishop V. Eugene Robinson of New Hampshire has caused a serious problem within the worldwide Anglican Communion and poses a new challenge to Catholic-Anglican unity.

These two issues are contrary to the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission’s 1993 agreed statement on moral issues, “Life in Christ,” decisions of the Lambeth Conference in 1998 and the agreed statement on the Gift of Authority.

At the Lambeth Conference, homosexuality was one of the issues discussed and the majority voted that no one should be considered for priestly ordination or Episcopal ordination while living a homosexual lifestyle.

The Catholic Church remains committed to ecumenical dialogue with the Anglican Communion, but we must acknowledge that this is a serious problem.  If we’ve agreed on moral values and moral statements that are not being observed, that is a problem for our ongoing dialogue and we need to deal with that issue.

With the resolution of these issues by the Anglican Communion we are confident that our ongoing dialogues can go forward, including the meeting of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) scheduled for January in Seattle.

For more information, contact: Greg Magnoni 206.382.4862