US Bishops Blamed For Anglican Discord

Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, blamed liberal North American churches for causing turmoil in the Anglican communion by blessing same-sex union and consecrating gay clergy. “If North American churches do not accept the need for a moratoria(on same sex blessings and the consecration of gay clergy)we are no further forward. We continue to be in grave peril.” He addressed his words to 670 bishops who had attended the 10-yearly gathering of clergy at the Lambeth Conference as one fourth of those attending made their anger known about what they termed to be the stifling of more conservative voices from African and Asian churches. They attacked the “patronising attitude of the west towards the rest of the churches.”

The reality for Anglicans is the presence of opposing viewpoints regarding the rights of women and those who are gays and lesbians. Churches which reflect the views of conservative African and Asian members are hostile to any attempt to allow gays or women to become clergy and they do not wish to recognize gay unions. Jon Bruno of Los Angeles expressed the view of most liberal members when he said: “I can only say that inclusion is a reality. For people who think that this is going to lead us to disenfranchise any gay or lesbian person, they are sadly mistaken.”