Anglican Communion is not dead yet, Dr. Williams tells New Guinea: The Church of England Newspaper, November 4, 2012 p 7. November 7, 2012Posted by geoconger in Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea, Church of England Newspaper.
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The Archbishop of Canterbury rejected assertions the Anglican Communion had become immobilised by its divisions over homosexuality, telling a Port Moresby press conference last week the church maintained a united voice on a cross section of social issues.
Speaking the media at the close of his week-long visit to Papua New Guinea on 24 Oct 2012, Dr. Williams said: “We are not, whatever some people say, we are not as an Anglican Communion mainly paralysed by controversy. We are not torn apart by argument over issues.”
“We are still seeking to work together more effectively.”
The archbishop offered his view on Papua New Guinea’s domestic difficulties noting the absence of healthcare in many parts of the central Highlands was “critical.”
“The willingness and expressed eagerness of the new government to address this head-on is going to be crucial over the next 10 years,” the archbishop said.
Dr. Williams crisscrossed the island during his visit, attending a state dinner at Parliament House and meeting with government leaders in Port Moresby, traveling to Popondetta on the north coast to meet with young people, opening a new teacher’s college in Oro Bay and celebrating communion in Milne Bay. The archbishop’s trip precedes the three-day visit of Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall to PNG this week.
After leaving Port Moresby, Dr. Williams flies to Auckland, New Zealand to participate in the meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council.
First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.