Rowan Williams: We're Threatening Death, Not Life

At Lambeth, Archbishop of Canterbury issues "two appeals for generosity."

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

ROWAN WILLIAMS, the Archbishop of Canterbury, addressing about 650 bishops at the Lambeth Conference this evening, issued a strong call for "the traditional believer" and the "not-so-traditional believer" to "speak life to each other."

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Update, 9 p.m.: According to one bishop who unexpectedly popped into the Lambeth press room after dinner, the delivery of the archbishop's address was announced this morning. It was not listed on the official program. There was no applause, just silence, he said, following the address.

This bishop from India told CT, "I can see how the archbishop is sincerely, emotionally involved. I can appreciate his struggle. The absence of some bishops has caused him pain, and it comes out again and again when he speaks. As head and guardian of the family, he is keen to get the family back together.

"He is making a very sincere attempt to tell the members of the communion that we have to be generous, and as I understood ...

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