TLC: Archbishop Williams Calls for Patience from Primates
The primates have a responsibility to provide leadership to the “ordinary people of God” during a time of “continuing uncertainty,” according to Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. Archbishop Williams wrote the other 37 leaders of the Anglican Communion Sept. 14 asking them to exercise both leadership and restraint in the debates over human sexuality currently dividing the church.
Many Anglicans have become “puzzled, wearied, or disoriented by our present controversies,” he wrote, and were repelled by some of the “extreme or divisive” stances taken by some partisans.
Archbishop Williams thanked the primates for sending him their initial responses to the actions of the 75th General Convention in light of the February 2005 primates’ communiqué and the Windsor Report. He also outlined the “process currently going forward in the Communion to help all of us weigh and interpret Convention’s work.” The letter also included a brief summary of the findings to date of the primates’ advisory group.
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