Justice and sustainable development
· Archbishop of Canterbury at John Moores University in Liverpool ·
“In the last 18 months Anglican dead have been certainly in the hundreds, even into the low thousands. Around the world we face the reality and deal with it. Our Bishops are in dialogue with those who attack, risking their own lives in the dialogue”. The Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of Anglican Communion, Justin Welby, said this during a conference at John Moores University in Liverpool.
“In this country, as well, the churches are acting, not just speaking. The Church of England”, Archbishop Welby recalled, “has invested huge resources of people and time, with welcome Government support on the remarkably successful Near Neighbours programme. We are neither naive about the evil of those involved in RMV, nor despairing of dealing with it. On the contrary, it is clear that with this is a challenge that can and will be met. It requires a careful approach, an understanding of each other's traditions, a clear approach to reconciliation in which we seek to transform destructive violence into good disagreement”.
The Anglican Primate continues, “Islam is not our enemy, but a faith with whose theology, as a Christian, I disagree profoundly. The experience of 180 years of European religious war is that theological difference, or ideological difference, however, is not dealt with by force, but by dialogue. That is the most important lesson of the Peace of Westphalia in 1648”.
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