Archbishop of Canterbury fears Anglican breakup

BTL Staff
By | 2018-01-15T18:02:23-04:00 January 18th, 2007|News|

Disagreement over gay issues may destroy the Anglican Communion, says the communion’s spiritual leader, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.
Church conservatives object to the U.S. Episcopal Church’s installation of an openly gay bishop in New Hampshire, U.S. and Canadian dioceses’ support for blessing same-sex unions, and other liberal positions of individual bishops and various national churches that make up the worldwide Anglican Communion.
In the United States alone, at least 22 denominations have disaffiliated from the Episcopal Church and linked up instead with the “Convocation of Anglicans” headed by the powerful, antigay Anglican primate of Nigeria, Archbishop Peter Akinola.
“I fear the situation slipping out of my control,” Williams said in a British ITV network documentary aired this month. “I fear schism. … We can’t take it for granted that the Anglican Communion will go on as it always has been.”
More fuel was added to the fire recently when British media reported that as many as 50 gay or lesbian priests in the Church of England may have been allowed by their bishops to enter official civil partnerships without the bishops following a church order to confirm beforehand that the relationships are not sexual in nature.

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