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Archbishop of Canterbury to break with liberals?

Discussion in '2006 Archive' started by Matt Black, Mar 22, 2006.

  1. Matt Black

    Matt Black Well-Known Member
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    Feb 25, 2003
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    In this story

    I quote:

    "It is a signal of the difficulty of reading Williams, that there is confusion about how the analogy plays out in his mind - ie, which side in the present near-schism mirrors the Confessing Church of Bonhoeffer? Liberals might assume that Williams would finally break with the Africans and conservative evangelicals. But close Rowan-watchers believe the reverse is true.

    They point to a meeting at Lambeth in September 2003 between Williams and six American conservatives who were planning to split their church - plans now rather further advanced. In the course of this, Williams suggested that they call themselves "The Network of Confessing Dioceses and Parishes". One of the American delegation later claimed that Williams had not only suggested the name, but linked it explicitly to Bonhoeffer's struggle.

    If this interpretation is right, it suggests that Williams may be mentally preparing for the possibility of siding with the African churches and the conservative evangelicals rather than the liberals within the Anglican Communion. In any event, the time left for contemplation and constructive ambiguity may be short."
  2. Jim1999

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    Aug 10, 2002
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    Rowan is Archbishop of the wider church, and he must represent all factors within the church at large. Unlike many church organizations, we have nowhere else to turn. We tend to tolerate dissenting viewpoints within the church body rather than stab each other in the back.

    In the diocese where I serve and worship, most of the clergy are evangelical, but we have a few dissenting vicars. At our association meetings, we have open dialogues in theology, but not one gets redfaced or angry with the other. We all take exception to ordaining gay people to ministry, and abhor what is happening in the USA with regards to gay ordination and blatantly liberal bishops.

    How the liberals survive in the Anglican Church is by following the order of service. Their theological differences are virtualy kept within themselves, and preaching feel good and do good sermons.


  3. nate

    nate New Member

    Oct 14, 2005
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    I'm a Conservative Anglican and I'm thankful Archbishop Rowan symphathizes with us.