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David Virtue’s analysis articulates the dilemmas facing the new Archbishop of Canterbury with caustic precision.
David Virtue is a tenacious, tireless, articulate, conservative observer of and commentator on things Anglican around the world. He has traveled widely in Anglican circles and is familiar with most of the major disputants in the ferocious debate that passes for Anglicanism these days. If there is to continue to be a worldwide expression of Anglicanism, Mr. Virtue and those with whom he agrees cannot be ignored.
What a gift if all parts of the worldwide Anglican Communion could accept the advice of the new Archbishop of Canterbury with an openness that heretofore seems to have eluded us.
A church that is striving to follow the Spirit will inevitably be at times a messy and perhaps even a confusing place.
I have been curious, since Tuesday, about the arguments that swayed the Church of England to avoid the hazard of embracing the possibility of women serving as bishops in the church by six lay votes in its recent Synod action.
By an exceedingly slim margin, the Synod of the Church of England yesterday defeated a motion that would have allowed women to be ordained as Bishops in their church where they have been ordaining women as priests since 1994.
Everyone in the Christian Church seems to agree that the way we in the church have been doing business for the past fifty years is no longer working.
We have been talking about it for eight years; it was intended to be an instrument of unity among Anglicans.
Nicholas D. Okoh, the Primate of the Anglican Church in Nigeria, has responded to the announcement of the resignation of Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.
The evaluations of Rowan Williams’ tenure as Archbishop of Canterbury are beginning to roll in. Predictably the assessments of his time in office reflect the diversity that characterized the difference of opinion on the contentious issues his church faced while he was on the job.