29 January 2014
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have today
written to all Primates of the Anglican Communion, and to the
Presidents of Nigeria and Uganda, recalling the commitment made by
the Primates of the Anglican Communion to the pastoral support and
care of everyone worldwide, regardless of sexual
In their letter, the Archbishops recalled the words of the
communiqué issued in 2005 after a meeting of Primates from
across the Communion in Dromantine.
The text of the joint letter is as follows:
"Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
In recent days, questions have been asked about the Church
of England's attitude to new legislation in several countries
that penalises people with same-sex attraction. In answer to
these questions, we have recalled the common mind of the Primates
of the Anglican Communion, as expressed in the Dromantine
Communiqué of 2005.
The Communiqué said;
'….we wish to make it quite clear that in our discussion and
assessment of moral appropriateness of specific human behaviours,
we continue unreservedly to be committed to the pastoral support
and care of homosexual people.
The victimisation or diminishment of human beings whose
affections happen to be ordered towards people of the same sex is
anathema to us. We assure homosexual people that they are
children of God, loved and valued by Him and deserving the best we
can give - pastoral care and friendship.'
We hope that the pastoral care and friendship that the
Communiqué described is accepted and acted upon in the name of
the Lord Jesus.
We call upon the leaders of churches in such places to
demonstrate the love of Christ and the affirmation of which the
Dromantine communiqué speaks."
Yours in Christ,
+Justin Cantuar +Sentamu Eboracensis