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ANGLICAN COMMUNION OFFICER URGES CAUTION TO CANADIANS
Virtuosity ^ | 30 May 2004 | David Virtue

Posted on 05/30/2004 8:42:48 PM PDT by ahadams2

ANGLICAN COMMUNION OFFICER URGES CAUTION TO CANADIANS

By David W. Virtue

ST. CATHERINES, ON (5-29-2004)--An envoy from the Anglican Communion office in London warned that any decision to bless same-sex unions by the Canadian Anglican Church could have far reaching implications for the unity of the whole Anglican Communion.

The Rev. Canon Gregory Cameron, Director of Ecumenical Affairs & Studies of the London-based Anglican Communion Office, told more than 300 delegates to the 37th Canadian Anglican Synod that to proceed might be a price worth paying, "if you conclude that this is where Christ leads."

Cameron is thought to reflect the mind of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, and said, "I would be unfaithful to the task I have been set if I did not say that the implications of your decision for the unity of the Anglican Communion, perhaps even its very survival in its current form, are just about as serious as it could get."

"If you say 'no' to the motions before you, you will be in danger of letting down the thousands of gay people in your midst, who are your Canadian family, as well as all those others who are looking towards the Anglican Church of Canada to set a new standard of dealing with this issue."

"But if you say 'yes', the work of the Lambeth Commission becomes horribly complicated, because we will be told that the Anglican Church of Canada refuses to hear the voice, and to heed the concerns of your fellow Anglicans in the growing provinces of the Global South, who are your international family. The reaction to such a decision, without very careful explanation and liaison by the Church of Canada, is likely to be on a par with that currently being experienced by your neighbors to the South."

Cameron said that "fairly or unfairly, the Anglican and ecumenical worlds are likely to react to your decisions on whether they perceive you to support or to reject the possibility of public rites of blessings of same sex unions as elements of your lived-out faith."

"This week, the eyes of all other provinces turn to you, to watch how you decide."

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TOPICS: Activism; Apologetics; Current Events; Mainline Protestant; Ministry/Outreach; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Theology
KEYWORDS: aco; anglican; apostasy; can; communion; heresy; homosexual; uk

1 posted on 05/30/2004 8:42:49 PM PDT by ahadams2
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To: ahadams2; sionnsar; Grampa Dave; AnAmericanMother; N. Theknow; Ray'sBeth; hellinahandcart; ...

Ping.


2 posted on 05/30/2004 8:43:39 PM PDT by ahadams2 (New url for the Anglican Freeper Resource Page http://trad-anglican.faithweb.com/)
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Cameron is thought to reflect the mind of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, and said, "I would be unfaithful to the task I have been set if I did not say that the implications of your decision for the unity of the Anglican Communion, perhaps even its very survival in its current form, are just about as serious as it could get."

"If you say 'no' to the motions before you, you will be in danger of letting down the thousands of gay people in your midst, who are your Canadian family, as well as all those others who are looking towards the Anglican Church of Canada to set a new standard of dealing with this issue."

"But if you say 'yes', the work of the Lambeth Commission becomes horribly complicated, because we will be told that the Anglican Church of Canada refuses to hear the voice, and to heed the concerns of your fellow Anglicans in the growing provinces of the Global South, who are your international family. The reaction to such a decision, without very careful explanation and liaison by the Church of Canada, is likely to be on a par with that currently being experienced by your neighbors to the South."

I have tried to read this, and if Cameron truly reflects the mind of Archbishop Rowan Williams, then calling the Archbishop "Fuzzy Rowan" is about the kindest thing you could say.

3 posted on 05/30/2004 10:01:46 PM PDT by xJones
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Oh, I don't know. It's pretty clear: "Gosh darn! We could do all this progressive stuff we all want if it weren't for those stupid African natives. Have you tired buying them off?"
4 posted on 05/31/2004 4:54:03 AM PDT by Martin Tell (I will not be terrified or Kerrified.)
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"I have tried to read this, and if Cameron truly reflects the mind of Archbishop Rowan Williams, then calling the Archbishop "Fuzzy Rowan" is about the kindest thing you could say."

Indeed. They are looking at just about everything but what the Scriptures teach. My hope is that Anglicans disgusted with what is happening to their church will follow the example of some of their American brethern and form a new network of churches dedicated to the Word.


5 posted on 05/31/2004 8:54:43 AM PDT by baldie (self-inflicted)
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