Sunday, February 11, 2007

Last bid to stop Anglican split :: The Guardian

Experts believe Williams will conclude that TEC has not taken sufficient steps to conform to the Windsor Report, which reaffirmed the church's position on homosexuality and effectively opposed the ordination of gay bishops.

'Rowan is going to have to make a call,' said Dr Kendall Harmon, canon theologian for the diocese of South Carolina. 'My sense is that he's going to conclude TEC's response has been inadequate. This is a pivotal moment; there is a real risk now that the primates are not going to be able to stop the church from coming apart.'

At the conference, Williams will be briefed by the 'gang of four', a group of advisers he hand-picked to help him draw up his response. Bernard Malango, Archbishop of Central Africa, Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales and two lay members, Philippa Amable and Elizabeth Paver, are expected to criticise the US liberals.
I wouldn't be surprised if the reasserter Kendall Harmon is correct. Kendall probably is as good as any at reading the tea leaves. But The Guardian should point out who he is and where he stands.

The outcome of the conference is likely to create a furore about the role of the Anglican Communion's senior clergy. Martin Reynolds, spokesman for the LGCM [Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement], said the bishops were to blame for the bitter divisions: 'They have failed to heal this divide. They've exacerbated it. This is about fear of schism, fear of decisions, fear of each other.'

And Reynolds said any implicit condemnation of homosexual bishops would be at odds with reality. 'There are more than 100 gay bishops in the Anglican Communion. If they all stood up, this argument would not happen.'
From Wikipedia: The Anglican Churches in the British Isles are the main focus of LGCM activity, but its membership and interests are nonetheless entirely ecumenical and international.

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