A report on the crisis within the Anglican Church over the ordination and consecration of gay clergy says supporters must accept a worldwide consensus on homosexuality or risk tearing the church apart.

Bishops involved in the controversial ordination of Canon Gene Robinson in the US were urged to apologise for the consequences of their actions, which caused 'deep offence' among the Anglican community.

50 American bishops attended the consecration of Canon Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire last year, causing outrage among the traditional sections of the church.

Today's Windsor Report also called on the Episcopal Church in the US, which oversaw Canon Robinson's ordination, to effect a moratorium on the consecration of any more gay candidates until the fiercely debated issue has been resolved.

Failure to do so could lead to an irrevocable split in the church, according to the study carried out by the Lambeth Commission set up by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.

The Lambeth Commission was headed by the Archbishop of Armagh, Dr Robin Eames.