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Church looks into gay priest issue

Oct. 30, 2003 at 11:16 AM

LONDON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The Rev. Robert Eames, archbishop of Armagh, has been named to head an Anglican church inquiry into the issue of gay priests.

The investigation also will include the question of same-sex blessings, the Times of London said Thursday.

The archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, said he set up the inquiry to help the church find a way forward through a "crucal and critical" point in its life.

The Eames commission is expected to begin its work early next year.

Oficials said it would take "particular account" of the decision to authorize rite for same-sex blessings in New Westminster, Canada, as well as the ordination of Canon Gene Robinson on Sunday as Bishop of New Hampshire.

The study also is expected to look into possible ways of giving Williams more authority in affairs of other provinces.

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