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ACNA Archbishop calls Welby's Invitation to Lambeth 2020 as "observer" an Insult

ACNA Archbishop calls Welby's Invitation to Lambeth 2020 as "observer" an Insult

By David W. Virtue, DD
April 28, 2019

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has issued an invitation to ACNA Archbishop and GAFCON chairman, the Most Rev. Foley Beach to be an "observer" at the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury next year. The American archbishop called the invitation an "insult.

Welby issued an invitation to denominational heads across the globe to attend the Lambeth conference and included Archbishop Beach among the invitees.

However, an incensed Beach told VOL that the "news" source only furthered a partisan, divisive and false narrative by wrongly asserting that he had left the Anglican Communion when, in fact, he has not.

"I have never left the Anglican Communion, and have no intention of doing so."

"I did transfer out of a revisionist body (The Episcopal Church) that had left the teaching of the Scriptures and the Anglican Communion and I became canonically resident in another province of the Anglican Communion. I have never left. For the Anglican Church in North America to be treated as mere "observers" is an insult to both our bishops, many of whom have made costly stands for the Gospel, and the majority of Anglicans around the world who have long stood with us as a province of the Anglican Communion."

Archbishop Beach said he would review the situation with his College of Bishops and the Primates' Council of the Global Anglican Future Conference next week in Sydney, Australia. He said he would respond more fully following that.


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