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Australian Primate to co-chair Anglican Roman Catholic dialogue

The Archbishop of Canterbury has appointed Perth Anglican Archbishop Peter Carnley to lead the Anglican participation in the ongoing dialogue aimed at unity between the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches.

Archbishop Carnley, who is also Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, has been asked to Co-Chair Anglican Roman Catholic Dialogue to fill the post of co-chair of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC).

He will be responsible for completing the current phase of ARCIC's work, which focuses on the Blessed Virgin Mary.

He assumes the leadership of the initiative at a time when the worldwide Anglican community is struggling to maintain union within its own body, following the episcopal consecration of the openly gay Canon Gene Robinson in the US early last month. Pope John Paul II has signalled that ecumenical dialogue with the Anglican Communion will be scaled back.

Archbishop Carnley told the Anglican Communion News Service: "It will be a real pleasure to be involved in the completion of ARCIC's latest document on the place of the Blessed Virgin Mary in our shared tradition of faith and spirituality. I look forward to this task with warmest enthusiasm."

Born in NSW, Arcbhishop Carnley was appinted Archbishop of Perth in 1981 at the age of 44. His publications include the groundbreaking The Structure of Resurrection Belief [1987], and his most recent book The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Sermons [2001]. He was particularly vocal in his opposition to Australia's participation in the US-led war against Iraq earlier this year.

Anglican Communion News Service

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11 Dec 2003