Global South bishops say, ‘We most certainly cannot walk together’

Jul 30, 2022 by

by Susie Leafe, Christian Today:

Today at the Lambeth Conference two very different visions of the future of the Anglican Communion have been put forward: one focused primarily on the physical needs of the world, the other on the spiritual health of Communion.

At the official press conference, the Archbishop of Canterbury set out what he hoped would happen as a result of bishops and spouses being “refreshed” by the conference.

He said, “You will see a remobilisation of the Anglican Communion, which includes the largest and oldest women’s group in the world, the Mother’s Union, and that will be seen in work at the local level on reconciliation.

“It will be seen in lobbying and activism around climate change, as well as local activity; it will be seen in greater opportunities for education for people in the poorest parts of the world being educated better in the most advanced technologies and science in the world through the Anglican Communion’s worldwide education work.

“It will be seen in people taking risks to make peace in the middle of wars as is already happening; and I think it will be seen in the capacity of the Anglican Communion to act over and despite its many difference, as an example to a world that is less and less capable of doing that.”

An hour and a half later, the Most Rev James Wong, Archbishop of the Province of the Indian Ocean, challenged the viability of that vision, saying, “We cannot mend a broken world when the Anglican Church is so broken and fractured.”

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