The ABC Addresses the recent Act of Terrorism in the U.K.

Archbishop of Canterbury’s statement on the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby

Posted On : May 24, 2013 4:52 PM | Posted By : Webmaster
Related Categories: England  Lambeth


The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said today that “all our prayers and mine” are with the family of Lee Rigby, the British soldier killed in Woolwich on Wednesday. In a joint press conference in Leicester with Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, the Archbishop praised the responses of different faith groups to the incident and said this is “very much a time for communities to come together”.


The Archbishop made the statement during a visit to Leicester where he was meeting with Christian and other faith leaders.


Full transcript of the Archbishop’s statement, and video link below:


“We have all been horrified by the brutal murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich. All of our prayers and mine are with Lee’s family, with his colleagues and comrades, and all those who witnessed this crime and all those in the community who have been so affected by it.


It’s very good to be here today with the Bishop of Leicester in whose diocese we are, with the Bishop of Woolwich, with the other Bishops of Pontefract and Bradford, and with Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, who is Co-Chair of the Christian Muslim Forum.  I want to recognise the response of churches, mosques and other faith and civil society groups as well as those of brave individuals who have done so much to bring our communities together at this time. The strong response from the Muslim Council of Britain and many other organisations has rightly emphasised that these acts have no place in Islam.


The Bishops of Southwark and Woolwich have visited the area in which this dreadful crime took place and have prayed with the local community there. Bishop Michael Ipgrave has met with other faith leaders in the Woolwich community and encouraged clergy and other Christian leaders to make contact with other faith leaders to ensure that this awful incident does not cause division. I want to commend very strongly what they are doing locally and to encourage Christian leaders more widely to do the same. This is very much a time for communities to come together.


As Patron of the national Christian Muslim Forum I know that the Forum is offering support and encouragement for these meetings to happen and I continue to hold all those working in these efforts in my prayers.”


This is yet another instance of the situation where religious fundamentalism can have such a devastating effect on present-day society. Yes, this may be a strictly Muslim instance here, but we Christians have to understand how any religious activism, which dis-affiliates the rights of other religious or secular community members, may be contrary to the will of God – and also contrary to good order and neighbourliness in the local and international environment. It just requires one person to arrogate to themselves the right to pronounce and act upon their own understanding of what ‘true righteousness’ demands of us and other people, and this sort of terrorism can disturb the peace and safety of all.

Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyreie eleison!

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand


About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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