Irish scholar takes world Anglican leadership post in time of turmoil

Posted: Friday, July 30, 2004

LONDON (AP) Canon Kenneth Kearon, director of the Irish School of Ecumenics at Trinity College in Dublin, will be the new secretary general of the Anglican Communion, a body of 77 million believers that has been thrown into turmoil over gay clergy in the past year.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, world Anglicanism's spiritual leader, announced the appointment.

Kearon, 50, succeeds Canon John L. Peterson, a priest of the U.S. Episcopal Church who served for a decade and steps down at the end of December.

The secretary general and his staff coordinate among the four Anglican ''instruments of unity'': the Archbishop of Canterbury, Anglican Consultative Council, the Primates (38 heads of national churches) and the Lambeth Conference, a once-a-decade meeting of all Anglican bishops.

The official also acts as an ambassador to other groups of Christians.

Kearon, a Dublin native and Trinity College graduate, is chancellor of the clergy group that supervises Dublin's Anglican cathedral. He has written or contributed to various volumes on ethics.

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