Thursday, February 15, 2007

Canadian leader bemoans focus on sexuality rather than poverty

February 15th, 2007 posted by kendall at 6:54 pm

Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, has lamented that while he and other primates currently meeting in Tanzania have seen stark images of poverty in the capital Dar Es Salaam their discussions will not focus on improving the lives of the poor but on divisions over human sexuality.

“I am going to a meeting with a gospel of hope and a preferential option for the poor and we are debating who is in and whom we are going to keep out,” said Archbishop Hutchison in a blog, or Internet diary entry, to young Canadian Anglicans at

Anglican leaders of the worldwide Anglican Communion convened on Feb. 15 for a five-day meeting that would have at the top of its agenda, the issue of whether the Episcopal Church in the U.S. has “adequately responded” to the Windsor Report and what the future of the grouping of 38 provinces consisting of 77 million members would be.

(The Windsor Report was published by the Lambeth Commission, a drafting group created by the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to seek ways of preventing a schism in the Communion triggered by the election in the U.S. of Gene Robinson, a gay bishop from the diocese of New Hampshire. The 2004 report asked the Episcopal Church and the Canadian diocese of New Westminster to apologize for the “deep offence” that their decisions regarding sexuality have caused to “many faithful Anglicans.” It also sought a moratorium on same-sex blessings and the consecration of gay bishops. The Episcopal Church has not consecrated another gay bishop, but last year its General Convention adopted a non-binding resolution that did not indicate that it would refrain from doing so in the future. The Anglican Church of Canada is expected to make its response to the Windsor Report during its General Synod scheduled in June.)

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