Statement from the Primates

This is a remarkable statement.  I believe it sends a clear message.  It will be interesting to see how the Episcopal Church and other sympathetic bodies respond. It will be more interesting to see if the AB of Canterbury accepts and implements the Primates’ recommendation.  The Primates do not have any real authority over the Anglican Communion of which they are a part, so this resolution is far from binding.  It does however at least define the position of the majority of the primates.  While many see this a step forward for orthodoxy  others remind us that we have been here before, with resolutions and agreements that came to nothing in practice.  The Church of England as an established state church is not as autonomous as other Anglican churches, and so will have to also decide how to respond to the ruling of Parliament which has already identified same-sex marriage as a legally protected civil right.  So this story is far from over.  This statement from Archbishop Eliud Wabukala of Kenya gives helpful additional perspective.

 

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