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Comments on "The Windsor Report"
By House of Bishops, Nippon Sei Ko Kai, February, 2005.
Translated by Dr. Cyril Powles, former Anglican Church of Canada missionary to Japan
As a result of the confusion in the Anglican Communion caused by the
Episcopal Church of the USA (ECUSA) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC)
with a series of resolutions and actions around the subject of homosexuals
persons, a committee to advise the Archbishop of Canterbury on the nature
and unity of the Anglican Communion was set up. The report of this
committee, "The Windsor Report 2004", was made public in October 2004. The
House of Bishops of the Nippon Seikokai (NSKK), as a member of the
Communion, has paid serious attention to this report.
- This committee carried out a basic examination of the essential nature
of the Anglican Communion and the direction the churches connected with it
should take. It further advised the parties (churches) concerned in the
series of actions on the steps they should take. The process leading to
these conclusions cannot have been an easy one. We are deeply grateful for
- The NSKK, at the Primates' meeting of 2003, has already expressed its
regret that ECUSA and ACC. (Diocese of New Westminster) proceeded to that
series of resolutions and actions in spite of the concern expressed
(Resolutions 1: 10-4) by the  Lambeth Conference and the Primates'
meeting. In that light we understand the basic viewpoint expressed in the
- However, it should be enough for the Anglican Communion as a whole, or
the Archbishop of Canterbury, to urge the churches (dioceses) concerned
with those kinds of resolutions and actions to reconsider their stand.
There is no need to enumerate (Section D) the kind of 'advisories'
(practical directions) that have no precedent in the history of the
Communion. Similarly, it should also be sufficient just to urge
reconsideration of their actions on the part of those bishops who have
intervened in the legitimate resolutions and actions of autonomous
provinces. (The above relates to Mandate 2 [page 8 of the Report] assigned
to the committee.)
- At the same Lambeth Conference that passed the resolution to refrain
from the ordination of homosexual persons, the bishops of the Communion
urged us to commit ourselves to listen to the voices of homosexual people.
The NSKK sincerely hopes that every province and diocese of the Communion
will understand the importance of this resolution and act upon it.
- At this time the NSKK wishes particularly to emphasize that element of
the Anglican tradition which seeks all possible means to recognize the
diversity which emerges in the process of the indigenisation
(inculturation) of the Gospel.
- Moreover, while the NSKK believes in the authority of the Scriptures,
we understand that the text of Scripture was formed within a particular
historical and faith context. Accordingly, we believe that, in a context
which differs both in history and in the expression of faith, we are
actually permitted a variety of ways of interpreting Scripture.
- Based on the above assumptions (6 and 7), we cannot think that the
Church can have only one, absolute view of human sexuality. While
recognising the authority of the Bible, there is every possibility that in
the process of working out its message, differences of time and culture may
be reflected in the understanding of human sexuality. We would like to
think of the series of decisions and actions of ECUSA and ACC in this
- This [Windsor] report makes a number of proposals concerning the way
the unity of the Anglican Communion should be. However, the NSKK does not
think that unity can be manifested only if we take the same interpretation
of Scripture and the same theological standpoint concerning our basic
understanding of human sexuality.
- Concerning the proposed Covenant for the Anglican Communion, the NSKK
believes that the best traditions and legacies of the Anglican Communion
make this kind of codified covenant something that is unnecessary for
either side in the argument. In particular, the statements in Part III,
Article 10 of the Proposal, concerning "moral values," and the "vision of
humanity" appear to imply a variety whose considerable latitude ought not
to be limited by such a covenant. Even if it is agreed that this kind of
basic mutual agreement needs to be codified within the Anglican Communion,
it should happen only after a number of years of examination and then only
as a minimum basic agreement.
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