The Archbishop of Canterbury could be invited to address the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in the near future.

The Scottish Episcopal Church is set to join talks between the Kirk and the Church of England to develop greater ecumenical links.

A report by the Kirk’s ecumenical relations committee says the move would result in closer three-way working on theological and doctrinal matters, as well as improved co-operation.

As a member of the Anglican Communion, the Scottish Episcopal Church recognises the primacy of the Archbishop of Canterbury, but he does not have any jurisdiction in Scotland. The Kirk is urging its members to celebrate their “common baptism” with Catholics for the first time by using a special joint liturgy for the reaffirmation of baptismal vows.

• Full story at the Aberdeen Press & Journal.