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Anglican Primates summoned to Canterbury

Anglican Primates summoned to Canterbury

Christian Today is reporting that the Archbishop of Canterbury has summoned the Anglican Primates to gather once more at Canterbury in October 2017.

The last Primates’ Meeting, in January 2016, resulted in disciplinary “consequences” imposed upon the Episcopal Church for its sanctions expanding equal marriage.

Rather than being an official “Primates meeting” the leaders of the different Anglican provinces will meet “only as Primates of the Communion in 2017”, Welby said.

The meeting will take place in Canterbury from 2-6 October…

It is not clear whether TEC bishops have been invited to the October 2017 conference. Christian Today has contacted Lambeth Palace for a response.

Since the Primates last met, leaders of GAFCON have also been rebuked for their letter “outing” Church of England clergy for alleged violations of the church’s teaching on human sexuality; a letter which the Secretary General to the Archbishops’ Council called “significantly misleading.”

Christian Today has more here.


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John Wall

Oh, I see, now that I looked the event up in the Toronto newspaper.

The consecration in Toronto included the consecration of a person who has a partner, not a husband or wife.

So that’s it, then; carry on.

Rod Gillis

Looks like the ABC and the Communion staff are busy dealing with a flanking maneuver by the GAFCON crowd. The rather drôle article over at Anglican Ink certainly gives that impression. Although I think it is less a case of Kipling and more a case of Robert Service, “Poor me, who dreamed to be immortal!”

One wonders what ever will some Primates do, now that Canada, with its most recent General Synod, and recent consecrations in T.O., have called them out on playing the dire consequences card.

John Wall

Why would the consecrations in Toronto be of interest to the other Primates? The news report does not indicate anything unusual about this consecration, or about the three new bishops.

David Allen

It has been well publicized since his election, that the Rt Revd Kevin Robertson, the new area bishop of York-Scarborough, is an openly gay man in a relationship. Which is why he stated, “It’s a really wonderful day for me and for my family and for the church.”

Rod Gillis

I like the smiley emoticons.

In the case of the Anglican Journal, it helps if interested readers keep things in view. It is the only official church newspaper/online paper where Canadian Anglicans get news or produce news items that are picked up outside the country. I think the Journal still struggles with news v. public relations/human interest stories.

If your second example is a reference my comment about stories on the women’s march, it was a suggestion, and your comment is point taken. Thank you. I appreciate your feisty style. ( :

David Allen

Rod, this is the 2nd comment about journalists not covering what you think that they should in as many days. 😜

I think that you should start a publication and go after all of the stories! 😀

Rod Gillis

Well, curiously, not as well publicised as it ought to have been, at least as far as Anglican Journal would have it. While they carried the story of the elections weeks back, the actual consecrations, which included a statement from the Archbishop on objections raised, together with the list of bishops participating, has not made their online lineup. Seems like an odd journalistic decision.

The story is definitely newsworthy, both nationally and internationally, impactful, and hopeful.

John Wall

Good to learn. Nothing special here. Carry on.

Amazing, truly amazing, how frequently Jesus’ followers believe they need to turn the church into a purity cult.

Neff Powell

Summoned? Don’t you mean invited?

Prof Christopher Seitz

From what is provided here, it sounds like Welby seeks to clarify that whatever TEC and ACoC have done, the CofE has not done. That is of course true, but the opponents in Gafcon wish to insinuate the CofE into this same space. Or worry that it is the same space inevitably.

It beggars belief that a man of his past adminstrative experience is merely flying blind, à la “Donald McKinnon like ‘messes are anglicanism’ anglicanism.” That doesn’t sound like him. He didn’t read enough Hegel for that…

One can recall that someone mooted the idea of extremes being given the space to be what they are, on either end of the spectrum. Maybe he has a clearer sense of that now. It isn’t that hard to see, if one wants to think about in these terms.

The wild card in the deck, however, would be just how the CofE presents some alternative within its own ranks and in its own context. Admittedly, it does not operate with the same fairly monochrome liberalism across its length and breadth, as in TEC, ACoC and maybe the SEC (I see the sizable conservative bloc there remains in ranks and speaks of associations outwith the SEC as such). But that is what makes one wonder if Welby has some sense of how he will provide an alternative within the CofE to what one sees at the ends of the spectrum noted above.


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