Rowan said, "“I’d say that for the vast majority of Anglicans in the world, it’s not one they can come to terms with.”
True. But it's a heck of a lot more comfortable for them focussing on that; otherwise, Lord knows, the topic might uncomfortably shift to what their churches and congregations are going to do about poverty, pandemic violence, widespread corruption, and support implicit and explicit of rogue and tyrannical regimes. But I guess those topics are the elephants in the room one avoids for fear of upsetting them.
One of the most heartening aspects of ACC15 can be gained from listening to the podcast of the Archbishop of Canterbury's sermon at Holy Trinity cathedral at this morning's opening Eucharist.
click on :
The ABC speaks of the Love of God that is cause-less and reckless; looking out upon the world - rather than just inwardly to ourselves in the Church. This sounds like good old 'Inclusive Church' to this listener.
“For the vast majority of Anglicans in the world the idea of same-sex marriage is not one they can come to terms with,” [ABC Williams] continued.
This CANARD again???
How many times does it have to be reiterated: the "vast majority of Anglicans in the world" have NEVER democratically expressed their view on this matter!
Just because some bishop or Primate of some (alleged) # of Anglicans has fulminated (at length/for North American phobo-dollars) on the subject, does NOT mean he speaks for their flock.
Moreover, the question isn't even "Does Anglican 'A' have an opinion on the 'idea of same-sex marriage'?"
No, it's what are the PRIORITIES of Anglicans around the world, as they offer on them. By that standard, I bet "doing something about same-sex marriage" doesn't make the Top 20.
I have just read, via 'Praeludium' Fr. Mark Harris' comments on a virtueonline article, that the ACO invited a CANA Bishop - a former priest from the NZ Nelson Diocese - Julian Dobbs - to be an 'Observer' at ACC15 in Auckland.
Naturally enough, Bishop Dobbs did not share in the Eucharistic Celebration, thus making - together with two other Nigerian representatives at the ACC - an official protest at the presence of the Presiding bishop of TEC - from which Church CANA is a schismatic offshoot.
One wonders why the General Secretary of the ACO made an invitation to a CANA member, anyway? Was it to appease the Anglican Church in Nigeria, which appears to be doing its best to distance itself from all except the GAFCON Provinces in the Communion?
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