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Lord Carey’s views on ARCIC, ecumenism, and homosexuality

07 February 2014


From the Rt Revd the Lord Carey of Clifton

Sir, - Mr Bernard Cartwright (Letters, 31 January) states that in my sermon in Chester Cathedral to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity I had spoken of the "irrelevance of ARCIC". Clearly Mr Cartwright wasn't there; neither is he a recipient of an accurate report of what I actually said.

In fact, I am an enthusiast for theological agreement, and I believe that our union with Rome is far closer today, largely because of the work of ARCIC. I thought that I had said clearly enough that "theological discussions can take us only so far. What we can all do is to express our unity in service and mission."

House of Lords
London SW1A 0PW


From Mr Steve Vince

Sir, - Poor old George Carey: damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. In one issue of the Church Times we have the Bernard Cartwrights of this world taking him to task for siding with the so-called liberals over women priests, and we have the Andrew Browns (Press) of this world damning him for doing the opposite over practising homosexuality.

To explain the facts on both matters to Messrs Cartwright and Brown would almost certainly, alas, be a waste of breath. Ah well! We can but hope that Lord Carey will see the funny side of it.

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