Magazine article Anglican Journal

Primate Suggests All Bishops May Be Invited to Lambeth

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Primate Suggests All Bishops May Be Invited to Lambeth

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Mississauga, Ont.

Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, says that he is inclined to believe that the Archbishop of Canterbury will invite all bishops to the 2008 Lambeth Conference, regardless of their stances on the contentious issue of sexuality.

Archbishop Hutchison, in an address to members of the Council of General Synod (CoGS), said he had met with Archbishop Rowan Williams over the summer to press him about the issue of whether invitations would be extended to bishops of opposing sides of the sexuality debate. Conservative primates have threatened to boycott the conference, which is held every 10 years, if it includes American gay bishop Gene Robinson and bishops in the U.S. who have supported his election, as well as Canadian bishop Michael Ingham, whose Vancouver-based diocese, New Westminster, has approved same-sex blessings.

"I don't think he (Archbishop Williams) wants to go down in history as someone who officially divided the Anglican Communion," said Archbishop Hutchison during his reflections at COGS' fall meeting here. "The only answer might be that you invite everybody and let the people sort it out ... My sense is that he's moving in that direction. …

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