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The Archbishop of Cape Town
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DIRECTOR OF AFFIRMING CATHOLICISM WELCOMES ARCHBISHOP’S STATEMENT BUT WARNS AGAINST “PARTITION”
The Director of the Anglican organisation, Affirming Catholicism, The Rev’d Richard Jenkins, welcomed the Statement by the Archbishop of Canterbury, “Challenge and Hope” for the Anglican Communion but warned against creating a “two-tier” Church. The Most Rev’d Rowan Williams published his reflections on the state of the Anglican Communion today, 27 June, in the wake of last week’s American Episcopal Church’s General Convention where delegates passed a motion expressing regret for “straining the bonds of affection” by consecrating a gay man as bishop in 2003, but fell short of offering the repentance which conservative Anglicans wanted to hear.
Responding to the situation the Archbishop called on Anglicans to value equally the liberal, catholic and reformed traditions in their Church, and asked them to exercise mutual restraint in making decisions which might split their Communion. For provinces not willing to enter into a proposed formal but voluntary covenant to limit their autonomy, Dr Williams suggested a “two-tier” Communion of constituent and associated Churches.
Richard Jenkins said,
The Archbishop has issued a challenge to Anglicans: learn to live together with mutual respect and restraint, or call time on the unique Anglican approach to diversity and unity. I’m grateful for the clarity of his statement which identifies the underlying theological issues we are dealing with, and also repeatedly condemns homophobia. However, I want to warn against the possibility of a two-tier Communion. As a Belfast-born Christian I have to say that partition doesn’t work. We are all diminished by division and need each other’s insights to flourish. If a formal covenant is intended to help us to live in solidarity with each other then it must function in a dynamic way, not simply acting as a brake on every development. This will be a difficult task but one which we will apply ourselves to.
The Archbishop’s statement paves the way for more formal consideration by the Communion of the Episcopal Church’s response to the Windsor Report which first recommended an Anglican Covenant.
Affirming Catholicism will make its own consideration of the issues at a day Conference “Anglican Unity and the Limits of Diversity” to be held later this year, on Saturday 4 November.