Fear: The History of a Political Idea

Looser federation unlikely solution
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has warned in a television interview that the worldwide Anglican Communion may “rupture” over the issue of homosexuality.

Anglicans have been riven with division since the 2003 election of V. Gene Robinson, who lives openly in a same-sex relationship, as a bishop in the Episcopal Church, and the introduction by a diocese in Canada of a rite for blessing same-sex unions. Many Anglican churches, particularly in Africa, condemned Robinson’s election and several have cut ties with the U.S. church.

Interviewed by veteran broadcaster David Frost for the BBC in Sudan, where he was visiting aid projects, Williams was asked if he could imagine the Anglican Communion becoming a looser federation to accommodate Anglican churches with widely differing stances on homosexuality.

 

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