Rowan Williams has given a clear account of where the church stands on the Equality Bill, says Simon Sarmiento. It rejects the very concept of putting any limiting definition of its exemptions into law. But is it thereby opening a massive legal can of worms?
In a speech aimed at calming the warring factions within the C of E and the worldwide Anglican Communion, Rowan Williams apologised to gay people but said that unelected bishops were right to oppose equality legislation.
Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has said that Anglican agencies worldwide will give concerted support to urgent relief efforts in Haiti following the huge earthquake there, and has urged people to pray and give in response.
In his New Year Message, the Archbishop of Canterbury has urged reconsideration of the importance placed on material wealth, stressing the need to 'turn outwards' and appreciate the treasure of our fellow human beings instead.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have condemned police intimidation against members of the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe during the past week. Christians, including clergy and bishops, were barred from entering their churches on Christmas Day.
Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams used his Christmas sermon to encourage people towards healthy mutual dependence rather than consumer driven self-assertion. He also said children were being forced into adulthood too fast.
Pope Benedict XVI and the Archbishop of Canterbury have said relationships between the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion will not be obstructed by a recent Vatican offer to allow disaffected Anglicans to convert.