ABC: Draft Covenant Unacceptable and Lambeth Will Not Be Deferred
Tuesday, April 17, 2007 • 8:09 am
The Globeandmail.com reported that Archbishop Williams gave the following information in a closed meeting:
He also told Anglican divinity students at the University of Toronto in a closed meeting that he found unacceptable a draft covenant presented to the senior archbishops, or primates, that would allow the communion to boot out member churches deemed to have stepped out of line doctrinally on issues such as sexuality. Such a move would be a first in Anglicanism’s 400-year-old history.
But he rejected a suggestion made earlier by the Canadian primate, Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, that he defer next year’s world gathering of Anglican bishops—the decennial Lambeth Conference—at which differences will be underscored between the liberal wings of Anglicanism and the more conservative churches in the Southern Hemisphere.
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