Thursday, February 07, 2008

UK: Anglican Church sets up peacemaker court
By Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent

An international "court of appeal", with the Archbishop of Canterbury at its centre, is to be created to avert the collapse of worldwide Anglicanism, it has been announced.

Dr Rowan Williams will hold a key position in the new system that will exercise the "judgment of Solomon" between warring factions over divisive issues such as homosexuality.

But although the archbishop will be granted significant new powers, they will fall short of transforming him into an Anglican "Pope". Under the plans, the 38 individual provinces that make up the 70 million-strong Communion will be allowed considerable freedom to develop their own policies.
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