Anglican Catholic Church

Anglican Communion Primates Meet in Canterbury

Our Bishop, The Right Revd Damien Mead, commented on the forthcoming meeting in Canterbury, of the Primates of the Anglican Communion.

"As the Primates of the Anglican Communion (of which the Anglican Catholic Church is not a part) meet in Canterbury next week they certainly have my prayers. Although there are some fundamental differences between many in the Anglican Communion and those in the 'continuing' Anglican Movement, when one part of the Christian Church is experiencing discord and unrest it effects all Christians, whether directly or indirectly.
However, one question that arises for me is whether anything happened as a result of Resolution IV.11 from the 1998 Lambeth Conference? Especially since it made a request of the then Archbishop of Canterbury and the Primates Meeting directly.

"Resolution IV.11 'Continuing' Churches

This Conference:

a. believes that important questions are posed by the emergence of groups who call themselves 'continuing Anglican Churches' which have separated from the Anglican Communion in recent years; and

b. asks the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Primates' Meeting to consider how best to initiate and maintain dialogue with such groups with a view to the reconciliation of all who own the Anglican tradition."

Obviously it clearly refers to those of us who are 'continuing' Anglicans as 'groups' rather than a Church or Churches - but nevertheless the spirit or at least the wording of the resolution recognises we share or 'own the Anglican tradition.' I suspect (based upon my own experiences of general indifference towards the ACC and occasional hostility) nothing came of this - not even by way of an awareness that it was even suggested. This is a shame because I believe that it is by considering the answer we have to the "important questions ... posed by (our) emergence" they will find the beginning of the solution to the troubles which beset them."

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