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Primates gathering: Monday news reports

Updated again 5.30 pm

Sky News Afua Hirsch Gay Division: Talks To Save Church From Split

BBC Church split over homosexuality would be a failure – Welby

Telegraph Charles Moore This is the week the Anglican church might fall apart

Telegraph John Bingham Anglican split over sexuality ‘would not be a disaster’, says Justin Welby

Independent Paul Peachey African Anglicans may trigger formal schism of Church at Canterbury meeting

Press Association via Daily Mail Archbishop of Canterbury ‘unable to stop church leaders quitting split talks’

Reuters via Daily Mail As Anglicans meet, spiritual leader says schism would be failure

Christian Today Ruth Gledhill Justin Welby: Anglican split over homosexuality would be a failure but ‘not a disaster’

Anglican Communion News Service Archbishop Welby: Schism would be a failure, but not disaster (includes transcript of BBC Radio 4 interview)

Episcopal News Service Welby urges reconciliation, not agreement, among Anglican leaders

Church Times Madeleine Davies Welby hopes to mend relations in Anglican family as Primates meet in Canterbury

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Rod Gillis
Rod Gillis
5 years ago

Current Communion affairs may have a very direct impact upon what happens in Canada at General Synod this year where a revision to the Marriage Canon allowing same sex marriage in the church is scheduled to come before synod for an initial vote. There is great anxiety about this in the Canadian House of Bishops. Whether the meeting this week realizes or forestalls a larger split , the crisis environment may well be just what is needed for a “This is just not the time” pitch to be made to the Canadian GS by its house of bishops. We shall… Read more »

Jeremy
Jeremy
5 years ago

I would think that if some conservative primates walk out of this week’s gathering, then Canada will be much more at ease in moving ahead as its General Synod sees fit.

When the bullies leave the meeting, it becomes much easier for those who remain to move ahead.

Rod Gillis
Rod Gillis
5 years ago

@ Jeremy, one would hope for the consolation you postulate, but unlike the GLBTQ members of the Canadian Church, many of its conservatives are vocal, loudly pious, and have politcal clout. So a deepening and formalizing of the current Communion level schism, should either be the outcome of the week, may not clear the air so to speak.

Jeremy
Jeremy
5 years ago

My hunch is that this week will be a real moment of truth for conservative Anglicans throughout the Communion.

They are about to be tarred with a very nasty brush–whatever homophobic rants the 6 primates use to justify their departure from the gathering.

Fr Paul
Fr Paul
5 years ago

Any walkouts yet???

Susannah Clark
5 years ago

At this time, prayer seems more appropriate than words.

S Cooper
S Cooper
5 years ago

Jeremy, given the numbers and demographics of the Communion and TEC, given the desire to maintain relations with Rome, the best you can hope for is some sort of associate status for TEC and no change to communion policy as that is what the GS and a large part (if not most) of the COfE wants. See the cases vs other Jeremy’s. TEC will accept that as it even accepted one of its bishops not being invited to Lambeth 08. English liberals will write a letter that many of them won’t sign and moan a lot to each other. Where… Read more »

Andrew
Andrew
5 years ago

The most surprising thing about the Today programme interview was Justin Welby’s touching tribute to LGBT artist David Bowie. Otherwise it was a missed opportunity for the presenter to dwell so much on the institutional politics of the gathering and ignore the letter from 105 plus 3000+ which had been the subject of the previous days’ news agenda. It would have been relevant to ask what the archbishop thought about the status of LGBT people in Nottingham or Nigeria and what entails duty of care towards them. There has been a lot of focus on discipline in recent months –… Read more »

dr.primose
dr.primose
5 years ago

“the best you can hope for is some sort of associate status for TEC”

Perhaps. But TEC has 2M members; ACoC has 500K. A total of 2.5M. ACNA claims 100K, 15% of which are REC members, who were not TEC or ACoC members. 25 to 1 ratio. ACNA is not a super success. TEC also gives lots of money to the WWAC. Like it or not, these numbers speak too along with the other numbers tossed out.

Jeremy
Jeremy
5 years ago

S Cooper, what do you mean by “the church”? Do you mean the Anglican Communion, which is a family of independent churches? You do realize that this week, Canterbury himself is calling the Communion a “family” of churches? The word “family” is all over the Primates2016 website. Next, what is the “Communion policy” on gay marriage? And more importantly, how is any such “policy” enforced among the Communion “family”? In other words, who at the Communion level has any such power–the power to block TEC’s General Convention from changing its own canons? The answer is **no one.** TEC has made… Read more »

Kurt Hill
Kurt Hill
5 years ago

I think you have things backward, S. Cooper. I think the most that ACNA can hope for is associate status. After all, the American Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada are senior founding members of the Anglican Communion. (Plus, of course, they pay the bills…)

Kurt Hill
Brooklyn, NY

S Cooper
S Cooper
5 years ago

Dr Primrose – I’m calling for an expansion of tec; I want to see integrity and less compromising for institutional unity. So, I’d like to see TeC(UK); but you’d not claim average Sunday attendance and the demographics of tec are strong would you? Regardless of that, I’m calling for global expansion of TeC so that all who agree internationally can stop sacrificing their beliefs for institutional unity. Jeremy – I don’t buy all the semantics. Actions speak louder than words. A family which didn’t invite bishop Robinson to the last big family gathering? That was a liberal Canterbury who didn’t… Read more »

James Byron
James Byron
5 years ago

Was it really necessary for Charles Moore to refer to Gene Robinson as a “gay alcoholic”?

While strictly correct, Robinson’s alcoholism didn’t noticeably affect the performance of his ministry (New Hampshire Anglicans were surprised at the diagnosis), and since Gafcon don’t consider alcoholism to be a sin, it’s irrelevant. Not only is it unfair to Robinson, unless they’ve used it as reason to condemn him, it’s also unfair to the Gafcon primates.

I know Moore’s a pretty conservative Catholic, but even by his high standards, there’s no need to go there.

Daniel Berry, NYC
Daniel Berry, NYC
5 years ago

“My hunch is that this week will be a real moment of truth for conservative Anglicans throughout the Communion.

“They are about to be tarred with a very nasty brush–whatever homophobic rants the 6 primates use to justify their departure from the gathering.”

yes–and they’ll play the victim card all the way home, where they can safely countenance and even preach the beating and murder of gays.

Laurence Roberts
Laurence Roberts
5 years ago

‘The most surprising thing about the Today programme interview was Justin Welby’s touching tribute to LGBT artist David Bowie.’ (Andrew)

So true. It is as if, today, David Bowie is leading us forward, with his lyrical message and indomitable spirit …

Peter S
Peter S
5 years ago

If the Anglican Communion is a “family” of churches, where are the women?

ExRevd
ExRevd
5 years ago

“I heard the news today, oh boy!” It might do all parties in this debate good to look at what a truly significant event looks like, one that connects with people’s deepest longings, losses, hopes and fears, and think back on a life that has undoubtedly changed society (in the UK at least) a life that followed its calling and eschewed complacency, a life that *dared*. People look at a life like that with wonder and gratitude, among them working class men in Britain who saw glimpses of a sea change in attitudes to sexuality and identity over forty years… Read more »

Jeremy
Jeremy
5 years ago

“There has been no walkout.”

Not yet. So far the primates have managed to (i) hear a lengthy address by their host, (ii) discuss the week’s agenda, and (iii) turn out for evensong.

Evensong of course is not communion.

When Foley Beach leaves, you’ll know that they are getting down to actual business. That’s when the fur might fly. J

Cynthia
Cynthia
5 years ago

“While strictly correct, Robinson’s alcoholism didn’t noticeably affect the performance of his ministry…”

+Gene has had to live with continuous death threats and a variety of ugliness.

JCF
JCF
5 years ago

Amen, Susannah. Amen.

Sara MacVane
Sara MacVane
5 years ago

@ James Byron, yes a nasty dig on the part of Charles Moore. I believe that +Gene Robinson is a recovered alcoholic in any case (and who cares?) and is no longer married to his ex-husband. In any case those Episcopalians I know in NH found him an excellent bishop. His only ‘disqualification’ was that he was public about his sexual orientation, while (from what I hear) there are several C-of-E bishops who are…. less so.

Fr Andrew
Fr Andrew
5 years ago

‘Any walkouts yet???’

Perhaps those predictions of day one departures were classic ‘expectation management’, so whatever happens (I.e. LGBT Anglicans sacrificed yet again) can be presented as a positive outcome and capitulation to prejudice spun as peacemaking.

James Byron
James Byron
5 years ago

“… LGBT Anglicans sacrificed yet again …” Disgracefully, Fr. Andrew, that’s a racing certainty, and also a portent: society in general’s indifferent about gay rights. Oh, it’s not actively homophobic, but it’ll go with the flow. Yes, it’s also indifferent about religion, but not so much that it’d tolerate the church being openly racist. After his legislative defeat on equal marriage (passed not for reasons of principle, but as part of a Conservative Party civil war between modernizers and traditionalists) the Church of England may have switched to a long game: focus on educating/indoctrinating millions of children into the traditional… Read more »

MarkBrunson
MarkBrunson
5 years ago

Fr Andrew,
The opening address rather makes it clear that the sacrifice won’t even be “spun.” Rather, it will be crowed from the rooftops, with hands extended for the medals they expect to receive for their service to Christendom.

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