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ABC Welby reiterates “Next Lambeth Conference a decision for the primates”

ABC Welby reiterates “Next Lambeth Conference a decision for the primates”

Speculation that the next Lambeth Conference would be cancelled has driven Canterbury to reiterate the status quo:

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has responded to inaccurate media reports that the Lambeth Conference had been cancelled by saying, “As it hasn’t been called, it can’t have been cancelled”.

“When I was installed in Canterbury as archbishop I met all the primates, they all came to that, and I said to them that I would visit all of them in their own country which, God willing, I will have done by the end of this November, and that at the end of that we would consult together about when to have a Lambeth Conference.”

Archbishop Welby, who is also primate of the Church of England, stressed that, “The next Lambeth Conference needs to be called collegially by the primates, together with real ownership of the agenda and a real sense of what we’re trying to do with such a large effort, such cost. So when we meet as primates, which I hope we will do…with reasonable notice after the end of [the visits to all the primates], then we will decide together on the details.”

See the ACNS report here.



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In his important new book, “More Perfect Union?”, Bishop Alan Wilson says of Archbishop Rowan’s attempt to steer a deeply divided Anglican Communion,”Unfortunately, the institution ate the man for breakfast.” At the time, ++Rowan reminded me of the Wizard of Oz, who described himself as “not a bad man, just a bad wizard.”

Archbishop Welby’s decision to consult widely before calling another Lambeth Conference strikes me as both businesslike and wise. May he prove to be the “good wizard” that his predecessor, sadly, was not.

Robert Dodd

Rod Gillis

The process is known as “exploratory talks”. The idea is to check with the various primates, to take soundings, if a LC is called, will they attend, how many of their bishops will attend, who will be deal breakers, i.e, who will not attend if certain other bishops are invited, who are the hardliners who will not play nice, etc. Look for the usual ” after much prayer, not at this time etc etc.”

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