October 2, 1989 |
Archbishop of Canterbury Robert A. K. Runcie, criticized for suggesting that Pope John Paul II play a leadership role for Anglicans, declared Sunday that he had not meant that the pontiff should administer the affairs of the Church of England. Runcie issued the statement hours after three Protestant clergymen interrupted his Sunday sermon by shouting that his four-day visit to the Vatican was "a betrayal."
October 1, 1989 |
Archbishop of Canterbury Robert A.K. Runcie appealed to Anglicans on Saturday to consider accepting papal primacy in a reunified church, but Pope John Paul II stressed that his office must be more than just that of a figurehead. The two men made some of their most direct statements on papal primacy at a joint Vespers service in Rome's Church of St. Gregory on the second day of Runcie's first official visit to the Vatican. They also spoke of the thorny issue of Anglican women priests.
January 21, 1989 |
The Archbishop of Canterbury prayed Friday for the safe release of his envoy, Terry Waite, whose fate remains a mystery two years after he left his Lebanon hotel to negotiate the release of foreign hostages. "To observe a second anniversary is a disappointment, but we remain ever hopeful of his return," the Church of England's spiritual leader, Robert A. K. Runcie, said in a nationally broadcast sermon from a London church.
September 3, 1988 |
The archbishop of Canterbury, Robert A. K. Runcie, on Friday announced his support of Roman Catholic calls for Christians to boycott a new American film about Jesus Christ. But a conservative London newspaper praised a ruling by a senior government law officer that the film, "The Last Temptation of Christ," does not violate Britain's blasphemy law. "Christians have been under attack for almost 2,000 years," the Daily Telegraph said in an editorial Friday.
August 12, 1988 |
The Archbishop of Canterbury has conferred with a senior Iranian official in London, it was disclosed Thursday, fueling hopes that Iran's acceptance of a truce in the Persian Gulf War will bring a change of policy on the issue of Western hostages being held in Lebanon. For the last three weeks, speculation has been building in Washington and other Western capitals that a breakthrough on the hostages may be in prospect. That is based in part on Iran's surprise agreement July 18 to accept a U.N.
January 12, 1988 |
The Archbishop of Canterbury said Monday that the 28 regional and national churches that make up the Anglican Communion are moving toward approval of the ordination of women clergy, but that it may not happen without a fight. "Until there is a decisive, ecumenical, Christian answer to this question, there will inevitably be the risk of broken, or at least impaired, communion between the provinces of the (Anglican) Communion, where some have advanced while others have held back," the Most Rev.