5 Apr 2014

Anglican synod to debate gay priests

8:31 pm on 5 April 2014

The Anglican Church in New Zealand could be split up over a debate on whether to bless same sex relationships and allow the ordination of gay priests at its General Synod next month.

A commission, chaired by former Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand, has come up with ten possible options, including a total ban, universal acceptance, or even splitting the church.

The church's general secretary, the Reverend Michael Hughes, says there's a wide range of opinion within the church, as evidenced by the 200 submissions received, and the report reflects that.

He says no decision has yet been reached and it would be wrong to pre-empt the work of the General Synod by making any further comment until it meets next month.