August 3, 2008

Some Pessimism Ahead of Anglican Summit

At least two bishops of the Anglican Church have come out against efforts to keep its liberal and conservative wings united.

The call for an orderly breakup of the church came Sunday as the archbishop of Canterbury convened the Lambeth Conference of 670 bishops to forge reconciliation.

The Times of London said bishops said the conference was a waste of time and resources, although the majority of bishops appeared to be still willing to give Archbishop Rowan Willams' efforts a shot.

A key part of Williams' plan is the formation of the Pastoral Forum, a panel to be chaired by a senior bishop that will handle disputes in the Anglican Communion.