Lambeth Petition Launched: CEN 9.21.07 p 7. September 23, 2007Posted by geoconger in Abortion/Euthanasia/Biotechnology, Church of England Newspaper, Lambeth 2008.
Anglicans for Life has begun a Communion-wide petition drive to gather 100,000 signatures to present to the bishops attending the 2008 Lambeth Conference affirming the “sacredness of every life, born and unborn.”
The Pittsburgh-based church pressure group, with branches across the US, UK and in Africa stated on Sept 12 that it “is time for the Anglican Communion to take a stand concerning the dignity of life.”
“We need our Archbishops and Bishops to state unequivocally what the Anglican Communion believes regarding life, abortion and euthanasia,” Anglicans for Life president Georgette Forney said.
Its analysis of Lambeth Conference resolutions adopted since 1930 found the church had “consistently upheld the biblical view of the sanctity of life and expressed concern about abortion, but it has never officially declared itself to be ‘pro’ life.”
Anglicans for Life argued that it was “incumbent on all Anglicans to call for the Church to defend biblical life principles instead of capitulating to the growing cultural acceptance of killing the vulnerable, elderly and unborn.”
The pressure group will collect signatures through March 2008 and will present the petition to the bishops at Lambeth along with model resolutions supporting the rights of the “unborn.”