A prominent Christian leader in the UK predicts a breaking point within the Anglican Communion is near.
According to Charisma Magazine, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby contend disagreements on the ordination of women as bishops and same-sex marriage could split the Anglican Communion.
"I think, realistically, we've got to say that, despite all efforts, there is a possibility that we will not hold together, or not hold together for a while," Welby said in an interview. "I could see circumstances in which there could be people moving apart and then coming back together, depending on what else happens."
Welby isn’t alone in that assessment.
Rod Thomas, chairman of Reform, an evangelical network of English and Irish Anglicans, see’s a growing chasm within the Church on critical issues.
"If as an Anglican you believe more or less the same things but you just can't reach agreement on something that is terribly divisive, you do go your separate ways. That will mean that the heads of various Anglican churches around the world won't be able to meet together and say 'Look, we're all united' in the same way they did in the past."
Publication date: December 11, 2014