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-Archbishop Williams Responds to Episcopal Ordination of 2nd Homosexual Bishop

by Dr. D ~ June 5th, 2010

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Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams finally responded officially to last months action by the Episcopal Church to ordain its second openly homosexual bishop. The USA Anglican church body was obviously thumbing its nose at the Anglican Convention moratoria on ordaining practicing homosexual Bishops.

Archbishop Williams said in a May 28 statement that Anglican Church provinces that disregard the requests and decisions of Anglican Convention cannot “represent the communion as a whole” in the future.

Exactly what this means for the Episcopal Church USA remains to be played out. However it seems to indicate that the US Episcopal Bishops and leaders may no longer be in a position to have an active and official participation in future Anglican conferences and conventions. They may end up being assigned to observer status with no voting privileges in the future.

The actions of the US Anglican body were threatening to tear apart the entire Anglican association. Like it or not the Archbishop had to do something to censor the Episcopal actions in order to keep the loose Anglican Communion together.

It is my sense that Archbishop Williams would rather not discipline the US body but was overwhelmingly forced to respond in some way. I see him kicking and screaming all the way at being forced to make a decision on this divisive issue. The statement is rather weak considering the boldness of the Episcopalian leaders in disregarding and even condemning the Anglican Convention homosexual moratorium.

It will be interesting to see just how serious the Archbishop is in upholding and implementing his statement. Will this mean that the new conservative Anglican conferences in the USA might finally receive some sort of official status? If Archbishop Williams really means what he just said then that would be the next logical course of action but don’t count on it.

Here’s a link to the Archbishop’s full statement. *Top

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