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What to Make of the Primates’ Meeting
by Louis R. Tarsitano
If these are not “the times that try men’s souls,” they are certainly such as try the patience of traditional Anglicans. The Primates (the chief bishops of the regional and national churches) of the Anglican Communion, after meeting for eight days at the Kanuga Conference Center in North Carolina, issued a joint communiqué on March 8 and began to disperse to the four corners of the world. The communiqué disappointed many faithful Americans, and not a few members of other national churches, who had been looking for the Primates to follow up on last year’s meeting of the Primates in Oporto, Portugal. The Primates then had appeared ready to address moral and theological revisionism within the communion—especially in the Episcopal Church in the United States. (See “Primates in Portugal” by Louis Tarsitano, Touchstone, July/August 2000, pp. 17–21.)
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Louis R. Tarsitano (d. 2005), a former associate editor of Touchstone, was a priest of the Anglican Church in America and rector of St. Andrew?s Church in Savannah, Georgia. He also was the co-author, with Peter Toon, of Neither Archaic Nor Obsolete: The Language of Common Prayer & Public Worship (Brynmill Press, Ltd., 2003).
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