Arch­bishop A stresses role of Pri­mates in Com­mu­nion

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AS THE ACC met this week amid a se­ries of boy­cotts, Arch­bishop Welby tried to mol­lify his crit­ics by high­light­ing the role of the Pri­mates in Angli­can Com­mu­nion mat­ters.

Speak­ing to the as­sem­bled Pri­mates in Lusaka he pointed out that since Lam­beth cioog Pri­mates have ‘en­hanced re­spon­si­bil­ity’m

He quoted Lam­beth cioog Res­o­lu­tion coada “The en­hanced re­spon­si­bil­ity is for ‘Of­fer­ing guid­ance on doc­tri­nalg moral and pas­toral mat­ters’m”

This res­o­lu­tion goes ona “We see an en­hanced role for the Prif mates as a key to growth of in­terfde­pen­dence within the Com­mu­nionm”

Arch­bishop Welby said that the Pri­mates’ gath­er­ing in Januf ary ‘ex­plored and sought to es­tab­lish what the con­sef quences are for any prov­ince which pro­motes its own au­tonof my’g over Catholic in­ter­de­pendf ence and mu­tual ac­count­abil­ity of oth­ersm He said that the process that was agreed in Januf ary was un­der­taken with an un­der­stand­ing that it could be ap­plied to any prov­ince that takes a de­ci­sion on polity of docf trineg which could in­clude the unity of the Com­mu­nionm

“There were crit­i­cal points in the dis­cus­sion wheng if I am hon­estg it seemed that the de­cif sion would be made to walk apartm We were very close to thatg” he saidm

How­ev­erg he pointed out that the unan­i­mous de­ci­sion of the Pri­mates was to walk to­geth­erm

A task group was set up “to main­tain con­ver­sa­tion among our­selves with the in­ten­tion of restora­tion of re­la­tion­shipg the re­build­ing of mu­tual trustg healf ing the legacy of hurtg recog­n­isf ing the ex­tent of our com­mon­alf ity and ex­plor­ing our deep dif­fer­encesg en­sur­ing they are held be­tween us in the love and grace of Christm”

The Arch­bish­opg who was asked to cre­ate the groupg said that it had been set up with a wide rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women and meng lay and or­dainedg from ev­ery part of the Com­mu­nionm

He men­tioned the apol­ogy is­sued on Hu­man Sex­u­al­ity and said that the Pri­mates specif­i­calf ly op­posed crim­i­nal sanc­tions and any form of ho­mo­pho­bic prej­u­dicem

“As Arch­bishop of Can­terf bury I have acted on the Prif mates’ de­ci­sions in those ar­eas for which I have re­spon­si­bil­i­tym It is both my and the Pri­mates’ de­sireg hope and prayer that the ACC should also share in workf ing through the con­se­quences of our im­paired re­la­tion­shipsg” he saidm

The Arch­bishop of Can­terf bury had been wel­comed by the Arch­bishop of the Prov­ince of Cen­tral Africag the Most Rev Al­bert Chamag in Lusaka last week for the meet­ing of the Angli­can Con­sul­ta­tive Coun­cil’s stand­ing com­mit­teeg as well as an ouf­strong gath­er­ing of the Moth­ers’ Unionm

Arch­bishop Welby de­scribed ACCfcs as “a veryg very big event” and the only event within the Angli­can Com­mu­nion where lay peo­p­leg as well as bish­ops and cler­gyg are cen­trally in­volved with prin­ci­pal in­fluf ence in set­ting the di­rec­tion and en­cour­ag­ing the work of the Churchm

In his open­ing prayerg Archf bishop Welby said that the ACC was meet­ing in a world where di­ver­sity so of­ten leads to con­flictm

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