Skip to comments.Anglican leader urges ban on gay bishops
Posted on 08/03/2008 10:09:34 AM PDT by SmithL
New York (AP) -- The spiritual leader of the world's Anglicans is urging an extended ban on consecrating another gay bishop until their troubled fellowship can be healed.
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams made the plea Sunday, the final day of the Lambeth Conference, the once-a-decade Anglican meeting in Canterbury, England.
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I thought they’d already enacted Rule One. No?
Theology by committee doesn’t work so well.
Frankly, I’m surprised, but happy, that Williams has made this move. The Anglican Church is falling apart, and making a dramatic change for the sake of change to be PC is not in any church’s mission.
Too little, too late.
Nor, apparently, does theology by popular vote.
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It's too bad that he doesn't have the sense to know that barn yard's gate has been wide open for way too long, so to speak.
He doesn't mean it - it's just a delaying tactic.
Unfortunately for the Archdruid, I think the High Church crowd have already started the motor and are just waiting for the high five from the Vatican to put it in gear.
...Williams said Anglicans need "space for study and free discussion without pressure" about whether to accept changes in traditional biblical understanding of same-sex relationships. He also asked churches to refrain from adopting official prayers for blessing same-gender unions.In fact, I'll back off on the "too little." The Archdruid of Canterbury is apostate, and his own words here make that case.
"If the North American churches don't accept the need for moratoria, then to say the least, we are no further forward," Williams said ... "That means as a communion we continue to be in grave peril."
The 77 million-member Anglican Communion has been splintering since... U.S. Episcopal Church consecrated the first openly gay bishop ...
Williams does not have the authority to force an agreement among the conflicted groups. The 38 Anglican national churches ... are self-governed and loosely connected by shared roots in the missionary work of the Church of England.
But the 650 bishops at Lambeth said Sunday in a statement, which they called their "reflections" on the meeting, that "there is widespread support across the communion" for an extended moratorium on gay bishops and on blessing ceremonies for same-gender couples.
"A fellow Christian may believe they have a profound fresh insight... [b]ut the Christian with the new insight can't claim straight away that this is now what the Church of God believes or intends."
Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori ... said the communion "is suffering the birth pangs of something new"...
The article is wrong in that the "splintering" began with the "installation" as bishop of a divorced and infidel man; it began roughly a quarter-century before that in the Episcopal church.
"That means as a communion we continue to be in grave peril." Dude, your communion is OVER and there are Anglicans in North America who want nothing to do with your "communion" with apostates and heretics.
Let Jefferts-Schori birth her "something new": I predict nothing but an old heresy slouching back.
Now. Can I say what I really think?
At this point I believe his motivating factor is that he doesn't want to be remembered as the Archbishop of Canterbury who presided over the final dissolution of the Anglican Communion.
But it's definitely too late for that! The train is hurtling towards the open drawbridge, and he can pull the airbrake lever all he wants, but it won't do any good.
I agree with you. But it no longer matters to me; let those concerned with "the communion" sort it out. Unless they form something that adheres to the faith, I am not interested.
(Maybe I need to let go of this ping list? Its original service of "showing the way out" which I inherited seems to be over.)
WAY too often I am creeping into the confessional saying, "Bless me Father for I have sinned, it has been four weeks since my last confession, I accuse myself of the following sins, I have been snarking at the Episcopalians again . . . ." < g >
LOL! Thank you.
lol! Whether intentionally or not, Rowan Williams is an enabler, whose inactions and the delays they cause are being exploited by KJS and friends to consolidate their winnings.