ACNA Archbishop says Primatial Meeting was Step Forward

Jan 15, 2016 by

by David Virtue, VOL:

An exclusive interview with Archbishop Foley Beach

VOL: How do you view what happened this week, Archbishop?

BEACH: I think it is a very positive step forward. We did not go far enough. Considering the years and years of opposition we have faced in Canada and the United States, we finally made some progress.

VOL: Please define progress.

BEACH: It is very clear that the Episcopal Church is now sanctioned and it is not voluntary which is different from other gatherings.

VOL: Point No. 8 reads as follows. “We have asked the Archbishop of Canterbury to appoint a Task Group to maintain conversation among ourselves with the intention of restoration of relationship, the rebuilding of mutual trust, healing the legacy of hurt, recognising the extent of our commonality and exploring our deep differences, ensuring they are held between us in the love and grace of Christ.” Do you think he can be trusted to uphold this?

BEACH: Yes I do. He is holding the Episcopal Church accountable and when they meet at General Convention in three years, they will have to make a decision about what they will do. Archbishop Welby has appointed a Task Force to enforce this and it is our belief that the GAFCON Primates will continue to hold him accountable and at that time.

VOL: Were you disappointed that you were not recognized as a full archbishop in the Anglican Communion?

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