Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Strong ecumenical presence set for Lambeth Conference

From EpiscopalLife Online [boldface mine]:

A strong ecumenical presence is planned at the 2008 Lambeth Conference, where Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams will welcome more than 75 representatives from a wide variety of churches and Christian communities.

Two of the principal speakers at the conference come from the ecumenical world.

Cardinal Ivan Dias, who will address the bishops in plenary July 22, is head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, and deeply involved in the mission work of the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinal Dias has served not only in his native India, but also in Denmark, Sweden, Indonesia, Madagascar, Poland, and Albania. A frequent speaker at Vatican-sponsored events, the Cardinal continually stresses the need for a "strong witness to the Christian faith, in every situation.". . .

Humm, the work of evangelism for the Catholic Church has begun, I see. Wonder what Cardinal Dias will talk about now?
The Anglican Communion has a longstanding commitment to the ecumenical movement,

Sure it does.
and is presently involved in dialogues at the international level with the Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, Old Catholic, Oriental Orthodox, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic churches. Recent international bilateral ecumenical agreements include The Church of the Triune God with the Orthodox Church, and Growing Together in Unity and Mission with the Roman Catholic Church. Both documents were issued only last year and will be discussed at the Lambeth Conference. . .

How many of these dialogues is the Anglican Communion still involved in? And is it as equals, or as a mission field for other branches of Christianity?
In addition to these ecumenical relationships, some member churches of the Anglican Communion have established full communion agreements with churches of other traditions, involving a complete mutual recognition of ministry and sacraments. Several representatives of these full communion partners will also participate in the conference: Archbishop Joris Vercammen and Bishop Joachim Vobbe, Old Catholic Churches of the Union of Utrecht; Bishop Ernst Baasland, Church of Norway; Metropolitan Mar Basilios, Malabar Independent Syrian Church; the Most Rev. Godfredo David, Iglesia Filipina Independiente; Bishop Mark Hanson, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Bishop Susan Johnson, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada; Archbishop Jukka Paarma, Finnish Lutheran Church; Bishop Ragnar Persenius, Church of Sweden; Archbishop Karl Sigurbjornsson, Icelandic Lutheran Church. . .

Wait a minute, they don't list the new church, the Reformed Catholic Church of Venezuela, decribed this way by George Conger:
The Bolivarian Church, which models itself on the nationalist catholic church formed in Nineteenth century Mexico that has since become the Anglican Church of Mexico, uses the Episcopal Church’s Book of Common Prayer and has adopted a liberal moral ethos, making clerical celibacy optional, permitting divorce and remarriage, and holding that homosexual conduct is not immoral.

How judgmental and non-inclusive to leave them out!

Read it all.

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