SEVENTEEN Primates from the global South said last week that
they "expect to be consulted" about the appointment of the next
Archbishop of Canterbury, who should "understand the concerns and
conflicts in the worldwide Communion".
The Primates, who met in Bangkok last week (
News, 27 July), wrote to the chairman of the Crown Nominations
Commission (CNC), Lord Luce, on 20 July. The letter was copied to
the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, who was chosen to
represent the Communion on the CNC by members of the Standing
Committee of the Anglican Communion.
The CNC met on Thursday and Friday of last week, at an
undisclosed location. Another meeting is scheduled to take place in
September, and an announcement is expected in the autumn.
The signatories to the Primates' letter include the
President-Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the
Middle East, the Most Revd Mouneer Anis, and the Primate of
Nigeria, the Most Revd Nicholas Okoh. Archbishop Okoh, with the
Archbishop of Kenya, Dr Eliud Wabukala - another signatory -
suggested earlier this year that the Archbishop of Canterbury
should no longer chair the Primates' Meeting (
News, 27 April).
Nevertheless, the letter, which was published on the Episcopal
Café website on Sunday, states that the next Archbishop of
Canterbury "must have the capacity to collectively put into effect
the decisions taken at Lambeth Conferences and Primates' Meetings,
especially on issues that have led to the present crisis in the
It says that the successor to Dr Williams "should have the
experience and cross-cultural sensitivity to understand the
concerns and conflicts in the worldwide Communion", and "be able to
communicate effectively with, and gain the respect and confidence
of, his fellow Primates in the Global South. . .
"The new Archbishop of Canterbury must be committed to uphold
the orthodoxy of the Christian 'faith that was once for all
entrusted to the saints' (Jude 3)."
The next Archbishop of Canterbury should "work with his fellow
Primates to address the ecclesial deficit of the Anglican
Communion", and avoid "any further actions that may widen the gap"
between Anglicans and "ecumenical partners", the letter says.