Magazine article The Christian Century

Anglican Leaders Rebuke Archbishop

Magazine article The Christian Century

Anglican Leaders Rebuke Archbishop

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Nearly half of the 38 primates of the worldwide Anglican Communion have rebuked the archbishop of Canterbury for not condemning the liberal attitude toward homosexuality shown by Anglican churches in North America. Of particular concern is the 2003 election and consecration of openly gay Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire and the moves in Canada toward providing a form of blessing for same-sex unions.

The 17 primates--including Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria and Archbishop Drexel Gomez of the West Indies--saw the unity of the Anglican Communion challenged by "unrepented sexual immorality."

In a letter sent November 16 to Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, they said they appreciated his recent acknowledgement that the "overwhelming consensus" of the church is that sex was intended by God for married couples only and that "same-sex sex is unacceptable and cannot be described as 'holy and blessed.'"

The primates--the bishops of highest ranking in their respective countries--went on to say, however, that they wonder "whether your personal dissent from this consensus prevents you from taking the necessary steps to confront those churches" that endorse homosexuality. …

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