From the C of E Newspaper (3/13/05):
Leading liberals have launched a fierce attack on the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, for his support of the Anglican Communion’s traditional stance on homosexuality.
Last month’s Primates’ meeting prevented a permanent split in the Communion by suspending the American and Canadian churches, but evangelicals have expressed deep misgivings over the attempt of liberals to continue to push their agenda.
The Canadian Primate, Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, has criticised Dr Williams’s decision not to attend a meeting of American and Canadian bishops planned for next month. “It does send a very, very negative symbol to the Canadian church, no question,” Archbishop Hutchison said. “The message it sends to us is that at the moment he does not want to be associated with the Canadians.”
He accused Dr Williams of betraying his own personal beliefs. “I’m very upset because it goes against what I believe is his own personal position [on homosexuality] and he has expressed it pretty publicly."
An invitation was extended to the Archbishop last year, but he has declined in view of the volatile state of the Communion, together with domestic commitments. He also declined an offer to attend the Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa earlier this year.