facebook
twitter
search
search

Anglican leader to meet U.S. bishops soon

April 16, 2007 at 2:43 PM

TORONTO, April 16 (UPI) -- Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said in Toronto Monday he would meet with U.S. Episcopalians before autumn.

At a news conference flanked by Canadian Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, Williams, on his first visit to Canada since becoming head of the world Anglican Communion in 2002, responded to dozens of questions about the church's Sept. 30 deadline for Episcopalians to stop endorsing same-sex marriages and ordaining openly gay priests.

He said a date has not been set, and went on to say his leadership was not like the Roman Catholic Church, where a pope issues a decree. He said his role was to create an atmosphere where discussion and compromise could be considered on the divisive issues.

Asked if he had taken on more than he bargained for in assuming leadership of the communion's 77 million faithful in 38 autonomous churches five years ago, Williams acknowledged there had been surprises.

"I took on this job in the belief that I was called by God to do it, and when God calls you to do things, he never shows you the small print," he said.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Rapper DMX found unconscious, revived by New York police
Alaska woman claims McDonald's Happy Meal hasn't aged in six years
N.H. primary polls open: Kasich, Sanders get early leads
5 Reasons why Denver Broncos won't be repeat champions
Exposure to flashing light may prevent jet lag