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Lambeth 2008: Church Times reports

Paul Handley wrote in the Church Times about Monday’s press conference:

Lambeth Conference to go ahead with most of the bishops present.
(Scroll down for other information about the programme, the cost, and the spouses conference.)

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Malcolm+
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Once again, his arrogance has moved the would be pope to overplay his hand, alienating countless conservatives.

Liberals in the church can count our blessings that the faux-orthodox movement has fallen under the sway of so feckless a fraud.

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The GAFCON leadership have released the following:

This morning we have released the following communication on behalf of the leadership team of GAFCON:

“We have heard that GAFCON has aroused considerable interest and enthusiasm. We would encourage those who are planning visits to the Holy Land to coincide with GAFCON to await the announcement of the venue and the exact start and finish dates before making final plans”

The GAFCON Leadership Team.

Pat O'Neill
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Pat O'Neill

The event is less than six months away and the GAFCON planners still do not have a firm venue and dates?

I’ve run science-fiction conventions with better planning than that.

Ford Elms
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Ford Elms

“On the subject of homosexuality, Dr Williams said that the agenda included a day set aside to consider “sexuality questions as they affect the ministry of bishops”, part of which will be the results of the listening process asked for by the Lambeth Conference in 1998.”

Reading that last part, I get the image of a bunch of schoolboys called before the teacher trying to explain why they haven’t done their homework.

Lapinbizarre
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Lapinbizarre

“There will not be a resolution on the subject.” Can the Archbishop, given the ground-rules of the conference and his personal authority, be certain of this, , or is there a possibility of an “unofficial” resolution being introduced during the conference?

Prior Aelred
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I do find it perplexing that the duly & regularly elected, approved, consecrated, canonical Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire is not invited (because “some people” would find his presence objectionable), but the inhibited former bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin is still in. This “some say” construction is regularly used by the propaganda network, “Fox News,” to report complete lies. Such a discreditable approach simply should not be the sort of criteria applied in making decisions at the highest levels of the Communion.

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baglady

I too find +Robinson’s exclusion painful. There seems to be an on going attempt at self exclusion by Gafcon and a primatal attempt at obligatory exclusion of all conflict from a very expensive episcopal meeting, Refusal to meet, to discuss, to find a ‘middle way’ characterises many of the peace making efforts in the Middle East during the past and present centuries. If deeply religious and sincere Christians are unable to see that they are already united in Christ’s love for each one of them what hope is there that an imposed glue of Law will hold us together. Only… Read more »

Cynthia Gilliatt
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Cynthia Gilliatt

sexuality questions as they affect the ministry of bishops”,

Isn’t that special? I lie awake at night fretting about how issues of sexuality affect the ministry of bishops.

In this, as in many other pronouncements, it appears that Rowan’s answer to the catechism question, “Who are the ministers of the Church?” is a simple one: Bishops are the minsters of the church.

Us laity and priest ‘possums need not worry about the church; the bishops will take care of everything.