Anglicans shut door, but leave room for North Americans
Primates establish deadlines and breathing room
Mar 22, 2005
Almost more than any other Christian group, Anglicans are notoriously—and proudly—hard to pin down. They are not fully Protestant yet not quite Catholic; hierarchical yet independent; scripturally literate but not literalistic; equal parts New York and Nairobi.
So, too, was the response last month from the 38 primates, or top national bishops, of the Anglican Communion to U.S. Episcopalians’ and Canadian Anglicans’ defiant embrace of homosexuality. It was firm but not heavy-handed, establishing deadlines and breathing room all at the same time.
In other words, it was a classically Anglican search for the cherished Via Media—the middle way. In it, there was a little something for everyone.
Specifically, the primates requested three things:
• A self-imposed moratorium on same-sex blessings and gay bishops within the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada.