Dealing with Lambeth moratoria by ProQuest


The three primates - Archbishop Hiltz, Archbishop de Andrade, and Bishop [Katharine Jefferts Schori] - have repeatedly asked Archbishop Venables to stop meddling in the internal affairs of their provinces. Archbishop Venables has, of his own accord, been providing episcopal oversight to churches that are in serious theological dispute with their respective provinces over the issue of sexuality. Archbishop Williams-has said he will do his best to facilitate the request. Archbishop Venables told the Toronto Star he would find it "difficult" to attend such a meeting.In an interview, Archbishop Hiltz said the Canadian bishops will have "a very focused conversation" around how they understand the call for moratoria. He said there are conflicting interpretations on what the moratorium on same-sex blessings means, with some thinking it means not having any new blessings, and some interpreting it as retroactive, which would require a synod like New Westminster to rescind its 2002 motion that allowed samesex blessings in their diocese. He added that the Archbishop of Canterbury's recent letter about the moratoria was also "significant." Archbishop Williams had acknowledged chat, while the call for moratoria received support from "a strong majority" at the conference, he was nonetheless aware of the "conscientious difficulties this posed for some."Archbishop Hiltz said that while the recent Lambeth Conference didn't resolve anything, "I think a lot of us came away a lot more aware of the context in which people are wrestling with the issue." He said that Anglicans around the world operate in very diverse contexts. While countries like Canada allow gays and lesbians to be civilly married, there are other parts of the Anglican Communion where "if it's found out that you're homosexual, your life is on the line - you could be imprisoned or killed," he said.

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