The panel chosen to appoint the next Archbishop of Canterbury is facing claims that it is dominated by clerics who reject orthodox teaching.
By Edward Malnick
8:10AM BST 27 May 2012
The committee is unfairly balanced in favour of liberals who support “revisionist” moves such as the appointment of homosexual bishops, traditionalists have warned.
Orthodox clergy fear that influential liberals on the panel will swing votes away from the Archbishop of York and the Bishop of Coventry, prominent conservatives who have been widely tipped for the post.
The most senior member of the commission is Dr Barry Morgan, the Archbishop of Wales, who has said he would be prepared to appoint Britain’s first homosexual bishop.
This Telegraph article, by Edward Malnick, voices the fears of a minority of conservative members of the Church of England (and other Anglican Communion conservatives) that there is a bias in favour of a liberal appointment to the Canterbury Primacy – proven by the composition of the CNC (Crown Nominations Commission) – appointed to select the next Archbishop of Canterbury.
What the conservatives are, of course, hoping is that the CNC will appoint someone like the Archbishop of York, or the Bishop of Coventry, both of whom are regarded by them as ‘safe’ from the taint of liberal tendencies within the Church – or even, perhaps, the Bishop of London, whose conservatism on several issues, especially his advocacy for the provision of ‘alternative episcopal oversight’ for the anti-women-bishops minority in the Church, is well-known.
It seems that F.i.F. and other conservatives in the Church are determined to do whatever is in their power to block any of the more liberal initiatives to open up the ministry of the Church of England to Women and Gays; so that their desire to block any appointment of a liberal Archbishop of Canterbury will be seen to predominate in the news coverage in the months ahead.
In this Season of Pentecost in the Church, one can only pray for enlightenment in the hearts and minds of all who have any connection with the election process, so that God’s sovereign will might be done in this matter. “Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your Faithful with the fire of God’s love, though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!”
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand