Monday, 13 October 2003

primates meeting gets near

Robert Duncan, Bishop of Pittsburgh came on the Today programme this morning, right off the plane they said, to be interviewed along with Peter Selby, Bishop of Worcester. You can hear the interview with Real Player, by listening here. Peter Selby’s remarks are worth listening to. Meanwhile, Duncan’s hometown newspaper carries this comprehensive report today, Anglican leaders ponder U.S. conflict.

Ruth Gledhill in The Times has interviewed David Jenkins, Scrap Anglican Communion, says former bishop. This story also contains the statistic (not from Jenkins) that really there are only about 24 million church-going Anglicans in the world, not 70+ million.

The Telegraph’s Jonathan Petre has Williams gambles to heal division over gays which suggests RW will be taking a more moderate line on Wednesday and Thursday with the primates than some earlier reports suggested. OTOH, the Independent says Archbishop of Canterbury to take hard line on gay clergy at summit. Personally, I am more inclined to trust Petre’s version, even if some Telegraph sub has confused New Westminster with New Hampshire.

Thanks to Kendall Harmon for bringing to my attention this biographical article about Peter Akinola in the November Atlantic Monthly, Defender of the Faith.

If you find it hard to believe the right-wing conspiracy claims, try reading this story (although remember that the newspaper is owned by the Moonies), Conservative Episcopalians ready showdown. A quote for flavour:

A strategy session is set for tomorrow at All Souls Church, Langham Place, an evangelical parish in the West End of London. Conservative archbishops and other Anglicans - one of them being the Rev. Martyn Minns of Truro Episcopal Church in Fairfax, Va. - are arriving from around the world.
“We’ve worked out all the different scenarios as to what we’ll do,” says one of the planners, who asked to remain anonymous. “It’s not all wrapped up, although we do have the numbers. We will have to cut out the cancer instead of breaking the church up.”

One other point: the BBC’s World at One yesterday reported that only 4 Anglican primates who responded to their survey would accept homosexuality among priests in their church. You also need to know that only 17 primates responded (out of 38).

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Monday, 13 October 2003 at 9:13 AM GMT | TrackBack
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