Here’s a report from Archbishop Rowan Williams’ latest speech at Lambeth. It is an impassioned plea for tolerance, listening and unity.
Rowan Williams’ Speech
July 29, 2008 by 8 Comments
Someone has asked why I am picking on the Anglicans so much. First of all, this summer is a hugely historical time for the Anglican Communion. Whether they split up into a hundred pieces or not, whether they find some way to resolve the feminist/homosexualist agenda or not is important not just to Anglican-Catholic relations, but to the whole Protestant movement.
Historically, wherever the Anglican Church goes, the rest of Protestantism follows. Not only do the other mainline Protestant denominations go the route of the Episcopal/Anglican Church, but in time the other, more conservative denominations and independent churches go there too.
In the area of morality this has happened over contraception, divorce and remarriage, co habitation, homosexuality and a range of other moral issues. In the area of doctrine, the theological drift is similar. Where the liberal Anglican scholars go, the other Protestants eventually follow.
Of course not all do. There are plenty of conservative Christians who hold the line and stick to Biblical and traditional Christianity, but even those who do become more fuzzy on the issues in many churches.
I don’t think I am particularly hard on the Anglicans. It is true I view their disintegration with somewhat of a sense of ‘I told you so’ only because I’ve been there and seen it all before. On the other hand, I honestly and truly love the Anglican Church. I grieve for the mess she’s in and wish it could be different.