The Anglican Church of Canada and the wider Anglican Communion have been grappling with questions of human sexuality for at least a generation. In 2013, the Canadian church’s General Synod proposed an amendment to its canon law that would change the definition of marriage to include couples of the same sex. A process demonstrating “broad consultation” was mandated, and this included seeking the counsel of the Anglican Church of Canada’s ecumenical partners, of which the Roman Catholic Church is one of its longest standing. The General Synod’s Commission on the Marriage Canon therefore invited the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada to provide input on a matter that has clear ecumenical implications.
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Status of agreed statements:
Agreed statements have been agreed by the dialogue members and submitted to the sponsoring churches for study. These texts express the careful considerations of the members of the dialogue but are not official statements of either of the churches.