Conservatives will be expelled if boycotting Anglican meeting

The Archbishop of York has warned conservative Anglican leaders that if they follow through on their threat to boycott a conference of Church leaders next year, they will have expelled themselves from the communion, in an interview published Monday.

Conservatives will be expelled if boycotting Anglican meeting
The Archbishop of York has warned conservative Anglican leaders that if they follow through on their threat to boycott a conference of Church leaders next year, they will have expelled themselves from the communion, in an interview published Monday.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Dr John Sentamu said that if they "voted with their feet", they could sever their links with the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, the leader of the Church of England.

Conservative Anglican leaders, principally from Asia and Afria, have threatened to boycott the conference over a row with their liberal colleagues within the communion after the US Episcopal Church appointed Gene Robinson as an openly gay bishop in 2003.

Nigeria's most senior Anglican Dr Peter Akinola said nearly three weeks ago said that if the Episcopal Church, the American branch of the communion, did not halt its liberal agenda, Nigeria's Anglican bishops may boycott the conference.

"Anglicanism has its roots through Canterbury," Sentamu told the Telegraph.

"If you sever that link you are severing yourself from the communion. There is no doubt about it."

If certain bishops were to stop accepting the Archbishop of Canterbury as the first among equals among Anglican primates, "and they think they can then say they are Anglicans, that is very questionable."

"I don't think it could ever be called the Anglican communion.

"So I am hoping that my brothers and sisters, whatever they are trying to set out, will come to the Lambeth Conference" next year.

AFP

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Temmuz 2007, 11:48
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