Anglican commitment questioned

Published February 1, 1999

Konrad Raiser, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches said that Anglican churches are more “interested in protecting Anglicanism than in furthering the process towards genuine unity in the church.”

As the Eighth Assembly of the World Council closed in Zimbabwe, Dr. Raiser told the Church of England Newspaper he questioned the commitment of the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox churches to the ecumenical process.

Bishop of Nassau, Drexel Gomez, a former member of the WCC’s Central Committee, said the WCC has been engaged in “a deliberate attempt to push us (Anglicans) to the periphery … This marginalization of Anglicans will continue.”

Dr. Raiser said Anglicans have become more interested in protecting its own interests than in the process of church unity.

“There is a very proud history of Anglican ecumenism. This has weakened considerably.”


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