Magazine article The Christian Century

Justin Welby

Magazine article The Christian Century

Justin Welby

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In a lengthy interview in the Times, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby predicted that the Anglican Communion might not hold together because of strong disagreements over the ordination of women as bishops and full rights for LGBT people. The interview came at the end of Welby's visits to each of the 38 provinces that make up the Anglican Communion.

Welby said that although individual churches remain "strong, resilient, and thriving," the differences among them remain profound.

"I think, realistically, we've got to say that despite all efforts there is a possibility that we will not hold together, or not hold together for a while," he said. "I could see circumstances in which there could be people moving apart and then coming back together, depending on what else happens."

Rod Thomas, chairman of Reform, an evangelical network of English and Irish Anglicans opposed to women bishops and LGBT ordination or unions, agreed with the archbishop's assessment.

"If, as an Anglican, you believe more or less the same things but you just can't reach agreement on something that is terribly divisive, you do go your separate ways," said Thomas, who is also a member of the governing body of the Church of England. …

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