Saturday, October 29, 2005

"Evangelical" Anglicans urge Bishop of London to deny Bishop Robinson

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According to an article on, the Bishop of London has refused to ban the Bishop of New Hampshire from attending a Church of England service. The Rt Rev Richard Chartres, Bishop of London, received a letter from the London Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship, which urging him to ban the Rt Rev V. Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire, from visiting London or attending church services in England. According to the article:
The letter was signed by; Alison Ruoff, a lay Church of England Synod member, the Rev Will Donaldson, a vicar in West Ealing, and Richard Bewes, a former chairman of the Church of England Evangelical Council. It states, “We are greatly concerned that the visit ... will further damage relations between the Church of England and those Anglican provinces staying faithful to the authority of scripture ... Because St Martin's is hosting the event, it will be seen by those in African and Asian dioceses that 'we' in London are content, and so will cause further misunderstanding and upset…Please be aware of the potentially explosive nature of this letter (in terms of it attracting the wrong sort of press attention), and great discretion would be appreciated.” The Bishop’s spokesman told the Guardian that, “He is not in the business of curtailing free speech in London. Bishop Robinson will not be allowed to take part in the service, or to preach, but he will address the congregation when the service is over.”