Thursday, August 09, 2007

Sydney Bishops write to the Archbishop of Canterbury

Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Peter Jensen, and his five Assistant Bishops, have written to the Archbishop of Canterbury to explain why they cannot yet give an answer to his invitation to the 2008 Lambeth Conference. A reply had been requested by the end of July.

The Sydney bishops will wait to hear the response of The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops to the Primates’ Communiqué.

The Sydney letter, which has just been released, is as follows –

Ruth Gledhill: Lambeth RSVP deadline extended

TLC: Sydney Delays Lambeth Response

The bishops of the Diocese of Sydney have told Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams that they will not respond to his invitation to attend the 2008 Lambeth Conference of the Anglican Communion’s bishops until they learn how The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops responds to the primates’ communiqué.

If the bishops who participated in the consecration of the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson as Bishop Coadjutor of New Hampshire attend Lambeth, the bishops of Sydney might not, Archbishop Peter Jensen and his five suffragans said.

Writing to Archbishop Williams on July 30, Sydney’s bishops thanked him for their invitation to the 2008 gathering, saying “it would give us a great deal of joy to be able to join you” in Canterbury. However, “the timing of the invitation has proved difficult,” they explained, because they were first “looking for the response” of the American House of Bishops before giving their final answer.
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