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Nigerian Anglican prelate raps outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury

March 19, 2012

The leader of the Anglican communion in Nigeria has sharply criticized Dr. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who announced last week that he will step down at the end of this year.

Dr. Williams will be “leaving behind a communion in tatters,” said said Archbishop Nicholas Okoh. He described the Anglican world as “highly polarized, bitterly factionalized, with issues of revisionist interpretation of the Holy Scriptures and human sexuality as stumbling blocks to oneness, evangelism and mission all around the Anglican world.”

The Anglican communion has been close to schism during the past decade because of intense disagreements over homosexuality, the ordination of women, and the authority of the Scriptures. Anglican leaders in Africa, where the faith is robust, have threatened to break ties with liberal Anglicans in England and North America.


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  • Posted by: cloudchaser64 - Mar. 19, 2012 11:41 PM ET USA

    I think African Anglicans need to petition Rome for the erection of an Anglican Ordinariate in their region, and quit harping about what has already been done to the Anglican Communion.