Griswold criticizes 'two-tier' plan for Anglican churches

Pragmatic solution is at the expense of deeper truth
In his first full response to a high-level proposal to divide the worldwide Anglican Communion into voting and nonvoting camps, the top leader of the Episcopal Church has said it “raises serious questions about how we understand ourselves as being the church.”

Frank Griswold, the outgoing Episcopal presiding bishop, had reacted mildly in his early response in June to Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams’s proposed plan to establish a two-tiered membership for the 38 members of the Anglican Communion. The Episcopal Church could be placed into an “associate” category because of its willingness to ordain gays as bishops.

In a letter to the U.S. church released July 11, Griswold noted that Williams’s still-unwritten plan, aimed at avoiding rupture in the communion, “contained no directives . . . and no foreclosing,” according to a speech Williams gave July 7 at the Church of England’s General Synod.


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