There is an edited audio recording of the Church Times interview with the archbishop here.
Listening, this morning, to the recent CHURCH TIMES podcast, where Archbishop Justin Welby is being interviewed by the Editor, I was struck by the openness of the ABC to questions about the limits of his authority – which helps us all to understand his position, for instance, in the Anglican Communion, as Primus-inter-pares, where his jurisdiction is actually more limited that might be expected to intervene in the affairs of other Provinces.
The tenor of the ABC’s understanding of his own influence in the Church, and of the Church to the world, is that it is very much a matter of how the Church – and the Anglican Communion – is seen and experienced in and by the world as an agency of the Love of God for the poor and the marginalised, rather than as a supporter of the rich and powerful.
The ABC is careful not to state his own personal view on, for instance, Same-Sex Marriage – the issue that concerns not only the Church of England but all Churches of the world at the moment – or the prospect of Same-Sex Blessings, on which there is still a considerable amount of controversy in the ACC. However, his basic reference to the need for justice to the poor and marginalised left this person feeling that he, personally, has some empathy, at least, with the Church’s openness to the Blessing of Same-Sex monogamous couples. It seems to me that this is one reason why the GAFCON Primates are unsupportive of his place as Primus-inter-pares of the Anglican Communion as it is presently constituted.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand