Honest, heartfelt questions for the next Archbishop of York

Dec 19, 2019 by

by David Baker, Christian Today:

Many Anglican evangelical clergy and lay people have been left feeling dismayed and disheartened by the appointment of Stephen Cottrell as the next Archbishop of York…[scroll down for further news and comment]

…If Bishop Cottrell wants to be build trust, he could perhaps meet Church of England Evangelical Council (CEEC) members and Church Society leaders and answer any questions they have, for example. He could articulate a grasp of truth, error and church unity which is more than simply saying it is ‘our baptism and our belonging to each other that really matters’ (a peculiar quote, also from yesterday’s press release).

He could offer great reassurance to many by affirming his belief in the Anglican Communion view on sexual issues in Lambeth Resolution 1.10. The Church of England’s ‘Living in Love and Faith’ process is not expected to offer any firm conclusions to contradict that next year, so there is really nothing to stop any Bishop upholding that position.

After all, it cannot be too much to ask that an Archbishop should espouse and teach what the Church believes. Can it?

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