Lambeth denies any bullying of the primates

Jul 4, 2018 by

from ACNS:

Delegates at the third Gafcon conference, which met in Jerusalem last week, endorsed a communiqué on their final day which called on the Archbishop of Canterbury not to invite to the Lambeth Conference in 2020 bishops from Provinces which have endorsed “sexual practices which are in contradiction to the teaching of Scripture”.

The communiqué said that unless that happened, and unless bishops from independent breakaway churches that are not in the Anglican Communion – the Anglican Church of North America and the Anglican Church of Brazil – were invited too, it would “urge Gafcon members to decline the invitation to attend Lambeth 2020 and all other meetings of the Instruments of Communion.”

But ahead of the meeting, a significant number of Primates associated with the Gafcon movement made clear their intention to attend.

Among them was Archbishop Masimango Katanda of the Anglican Church of Congo, who described the Lambeth Conference as “very important” and the only opportunity for bishops across the world to meet together. “When we talk with Anglican Christians in Congo, their identity is in the See of Canterbury,” he said. “Breaking [from]the See of Canterbury is like starting a new Church, which is not Anglican.”

The Archbishop of Tanzania, Maimbo Mndolwa, said: “If there are issues that are theological, issues that touch the Church, let’s discuss; not run away. Why should we run away? You can think of going and establishing another group. There will be challenges [there] too. Are you going to run away from that [new group] again?”

During the week, the Archbishop of Canterbury used Twitter to send a message to Gafcon members, saying: “You are in my prayers. I pray the Holy Spirit will bless you with wisdom, insight and fresh vision for the renewal of God’s world – and our role as Anglicans in that great work.”

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