Proposal to loosen Anglican Communion ties draws mixed responses

Print More
Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury and GAFCON Chairman Archbishop Wabukala of Kenya walk together at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi in 2013. Welby visited Kenya before the GAFCON II meeting in Nairobi. RNS photo by Fredrick Nzwili

Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury and GAFCON Chairman Archbishop Wabukala of Kenya walk together at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi in 2013. Welby visited Kenya before the GAFCON II meeting in Nairobi. RNS photo by Fredrick Nzwili

Active RNS subscribers and members can view this content by logging-in here.

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Archbishop Justin Welby’s proposal drew some positive responses in Britain and wait-and-see approach in Africa.

  • Pingback: Proposal to loosen Anglican Communion ties draws mixed responses - mosaicversemosaicverse()

  • Bernardo

    It “ain’t” going to change anything as the Anglican Communion is forever flawed as per the butcher Henry VIII being its basic founder.

  • Well, it was never a church anyway, its an english tool of oppression.

  • Dominic

    This Anglican proposal is ludicrously desperate. The tenets that they disagree on are not the color of vestments worn, but critical doctrines of the faith. Though not as binding as Catholic Doctrine, the Protestants having the same name should at least follow a universal pattern. Come over to the Catholic side, Africa, and let the West wallow in their sins.

  • Pingback: Justin Welby’s Proposal to Loosen Anglican Communion Ties Draws Favorable Reactions In Britain, But African Prelates Want More Time | BCNN1 WP()

  • Pingback: Justin Welby’s Proposal to Loosen Anglican Communion Ties Draws Favorable Reactions In Britain, But African Prelates Want More Time | BCNN1 UK()

  • David Price

    It is a good move. It recognizes unity with diversity which has always been an Anglican tenet. It is about time to recognize that as post-modernists, we are a diverse community. There is still a lot more that unites us than separates us.

  • Greg deGiere

    My goodness, we have a Catholic evangelist.

    Let’s make a deal, Dom. I won’t tell you what Catholics should believe if you don’t tell me that all Protestants should believe in a doctrine that’s Catholic-lite.

    The only way we can ever have unity is by respecting diversity. Or should we go back to killing each other over disagreements about whether the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father or from the Father and The Son?

  • jim Beyer

    The **CLAIM** that some view of marriage is a “critical doctrine of the faith” tells us a lot more about the author than the faith.

  • ben in oakland

    not according to the separatists.

  • Ted

    Follow the Bible cultists and their ignorant hatreds to view the face of the anti-Christ.

    Are there mixed fibers in those green vestments?

  • Ted

    Anglicanism is rooted in the reality that all who accept the Nicene Creed are Catholic. The rest is all politics, by various means, most successfully practiced – to date – by the Imperial Roman hierarchy.

  • Greg1

    Actually, Greg, Christian Unity will be as Dominic stated. There are fundamental Truths which comprise the Foundation of Christianity. The diversity you stated can be realized in the flavor of expression one church or another emphasizes. For example, there are 9 liturgical rites within the Western or Roman Church (e.g., the Ambrosian Rite). Additionally, there are 22 Eastern rites of the Church (e.g., Ruthenian Rite). And when the Protestants begin to come home to sanity, there will be additional rites added to the Church which will highlight their particular emphasis (e.g., The Anglican Use rite). Greg, we must understand that Divine Truth is Truth itself, and departing from that Truth is departure from God Almighty. We all will some day conform to His ways.

  • Bernardo

    A creed for the 21st century:

    The Apostles’/Agnostics’ Creed 2015: (updated by yours truly and based on the studies of historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

    Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
    and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
    human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven??

    I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
    preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
    named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
    girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

    Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
    the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

    He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
    a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
    Jerusalem.

    continued below:

  • Bernardo

    Said Jesus’ story was embellished and “mythicized” by
    many semi-fiction writers. A descent into Hell, a bodily resurrection
    and ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
    Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
    grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
    and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
    called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

    Amen
    (references used are available upon request)

  • Bernardo

    An Anti-Christ in the 21st century?? Give us a break!!

    “Nineteenth-century agnostic Robert G. Ingersoll branded Revelation “the insanest of all books”.[30] Thomas Jefferson omitted it along with most of the Biblical canon, from the Jefferson Bible, and wrote that at one time, he “considered it as merely the ravings of a maniac, no more worthy nor capable of explanation than the incoherences of our own nightly dreams.” [31]

    Martin Luther once “found it an offensive piece of work” and John Calvin “had grave doubts about its value.”[32]

  • Greg1

    Ah! If you only knew the Living God. Put down the cell phone, unplug the internet, go out into nature, and humbly ask God to show you he exists. The response will be very clear.

  • Greg1

    If you don’t see the collateral damage in your midst, you are emotionally dead. This world is on a death spiral heading down down down. The Devil is alive and well, and his “son” the anti-Christ could very well be in our midst, as well. We, however, will not know of his existence until it is likely too late.

  • Bernardo

    Greg1,

    Did that for 65 years and got no response.

  • Bernardo

    Too late? Give us a break !! Once again some 21st century reality: Satan is the demon of the demented.

  • ben in oakland

    Well, here we can agree.

    I’ve seen the antichrist. He often posts on these very pages, under a variety of names, reviling and slandering anyone who disagrees with his theological pronouncements about the validity of the various Christian faiths, about the value of gay people in society, about the validity of other faiths, especially those held by brown people, and a host of other things.

    He really likes to defend his Holy Turf as being the One True Turf. He is known by his professions of love when he is busy reviling and slandering.