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Pilling report

RESPONDING to questions from Synod members, the Archbishop of Canterbury said that the report by the group chaired by Sir Joseph Pilling, which was looking at policy in the area of human sexuality, would be published "soon". Responding to supplementary questions, he said that "'soon' means not very long, fairly imminently, but not very soon".

He confirmed that the Pilling group had completed its work, and said that the report "will be a document which will offer findings and recommendations from the members of the group for the Church of England to consider. It will not be a new policy statement from the Church of England. That will be made quite clear when the report is published."

It would be for the Synod to decide whether "there were any question of looking again at the motion passed by the Synod in 1987".

Gerald O'Brien (Rochester) suggested that the Synod should take part in "facilitated discussions" of the kind that took place in July about women bishops, before it took any vote on the Pilling report.

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