Thursday, 13 January 2005

Windsor Report: CofE bishops

The Church of England Newspaper reports that Bishops give Williams mandate for Windsor

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, received the full backing of his House of Bishops this week to ensure that the recommendations of the Windsor Report are implemented.

Bishops were united in drawing up a motion to be put to next month’s General Synod, which endorses the work of the Lambeth Commission, and urges that the process of the Report’s reception in the Anglican Communion should be enabled to begin.

The row over the Jeffrey John affair had caused strong divisions amongst the House of Bishops, but they have rallied together to give Dr Williams a strong mandate ahead of the Primates meeting, which also convenes next month.

“We wanted Rowan to go knowing we endorse the position taken by the report,” one bishop said. “We want to be genuinely backing him.”

Another bishop said that the show of unity was vital. “It is critical the Archbishop goes to the Primates meeting with the support of his own house. If he’d gone with criticism and a lack of support, it would undermine his ability to do anything. The Windsor Report could be terrific if it’s given teeth.”

They said that the bishops were keen to see action on the recommendations. In particular, bishops stressed the need for the American Church to express regret and to respect the moratoriums on the promotion of gays as bishops and same-sex blessings.

Work should begin on establishing the various instruments, such as the Council of Advice, suggested in the Report, the bishops agreed.

A briefing paper by the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, Chair of the House’s Theology Group, and the Rt Rev John Hind, Chair of the Faith and Order Group, was distributed amongst the bishops. It was regarded as “an encouragement” to Dr Williams as it is very sympathetic towards the Windsor Report, upholding the calls for regret and reconciliation.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Thursday, 13 January 2005 at 11:28am GMT | TrackBack
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Has anyone seen the actual motion and the actual briefing paper? Enquiring minds, etc.

Posted by: Tim Stewart on Thursday, 13 January 2005 at 5:53pm GMT

"They said that the bishops were keen to see action on the recommendations. In particular, bishops stressed the need for the American Church to express regret and to respect the moratoriums on the promotion of gays as bishops and same-sex blessings."

Mother England "keen" to run our business for us? I got a word for ya (a number): _1776!_

There really is nothing new under the sun: once, _Ecclesia Anglicana_ had to protect Catholicism from Papal over-reaching. Now, ECUSA may have to protect Anglican Catholicism from the *AC's* over-reaching.

_Lord, have mercy upon us._

Posted by: J. C. Fisher on Friday, 14 January 2005 at 5:29am GMT
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