|ACNS 3977 | LAMBETH | 11 MAY 2005|
|Archbishop Peter Carnley to lead Communion's Panel of Reference|
A senior Primate, the Most Rev’d. Peter Carnley of Australia, has accepted the Archbishop of Canterbury’s request to serve as chair of “The Panel of Reference” created by Archbishop Williams in response to the request of the Primates Meeting in February.
Dr. Carnley is the Archbishop of Perth, Anglican Co-Chairman of Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission, a member of the original “Eames Commission” on Women in the Episcopate and was spokesperson for the Primates at their recent meeting in Ireland.
| 8 JUNE 2005
Membership of the Panel of Reference
Following the proposals made at the February 2005 Primates’ Meeting at Dromantine, the Archbishop of Canterbury recently announced the appointment of Archbishop Peter Carnley as the chairman of the Panel of Reference, and at the same time published the Mandate that establishes the Panel.
The Archbishop is pleased to announce now that the following clerical and lay members of churches of the Anglican Communion have accepted his invitation to become members of the Panel, and has expressed his great appreciation for their interest and commitment.
The Most Revd Dr Peter Carnley
Michael Evans, QC
The Revd Dr
The Rt Revd
Khotso Makhulu, CMG
The Revd Canon
Mrs Rubie Nottage
The Rt Revd
The Rt Revd
Dr John Sentamu
The Rt Revd
Mr Robert Tong
The Revd Stephen
Ms Fung Yi
The Panel will be supported by Canon Gregory Cameron (Deputy Secretary General, Anglican Communion Office) as Secretary, and Canon John Rees (Legal Adviser, Anglican Consultative Council) as Legal Adviser, assisted by a senior member of Lambeth Palace staff in a liaison role for the Archbishop of Canterbury, together with other administrative support as required.
The first meeting of the Panel will take place at the earliest available opportunity, probably in July or August of this year, when it will establish its day-to-day modus operandi. In accordance with the provisions of the mandate, the Panel will consider only those items referred to it by the Archbishop of Canterbury, or a Primate of the Anglican Communion, in cases where mediation is sought by the Primate.
Contact with the members of the Panel should be through the Anglican Communion Office in London, although any persons wishing to invoke the Panel’s procedures should make contact, in the first instance, through the Chief of Staff to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Mr Christopher Smith, at Lambeth Palace. It is only by referral from the Archbishop that the Panel can take on the review of particular cases.
The functions of the Panel are as follows:
At the Archbishop’s request to enquire into, consider and report on situations drawn to his attention where there is serious dispute concerning the adequacy of schemes of delegated or extended episcopal oversight or other extraordinary arrangements which may be needed to provide for parishes which find it impossible in all conscience to accept the direct ministry of their own diocesan bishop or for dioceses in dispute with their provincial authorities
consent to make recommendations to the Primates, dioceses and provincial
and diocesan authorities concerned, and to report
to him on their response
The Archbishop of Canterbury issued the following directive in the forming of the panel:
Rowan Douglas by Divine Providence Archbishop of Canterbury Primate and Metropolitan to all to whom these presents shall come Greeting
Whereas it has been represented to the Primates of the Anglican Communion meeting in February 2005 that certain parishes have been unwilling to accept the direct oversight of their diocesan bishops and that certain dioceses are in dispute with their provincial authorities
And Whereas the Primates have recognised the principled concerns motivating those parishes and dioceses and acknowledge the various attempts which have been made to meet their difficulties
And Whereas the Primates have recommended that a body be established
Now in pursuance of the Primates' recommendation: I direct that:
And I request that:
Dated this sixth day of May in the Year of Our Lord Two thousand and five