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JoFerret Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-19-05 08:37 PM
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Williams may meet gay US bishop in UK trip,2763,1596135...

Plans are being made for Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, to meet the Anglican communion's most controversial cleric, Gene Robinson, the gay bishop of New Hampshire, for the first time when he visits London next month.

The Guardian understands that Dr Williams has no objection to meeting the bishop whose consecration two years ago convulsed the 70 million-strong worldwide communion, outraged church conservatives and strained relations with the Vatican. No appointment, however, has yet been arranged.

An Anglican communion source involved in negotiations at Lambeth Palace said: "I know Rowan has no qualms about him coming and there have been no problems with his schedule while he is here."

The archbishop has already held private meetings with Jeffrey John, the celibate gay cleric whom he forced to stand down as suffragan bishop of Reading in 2003 and who is now dean of St Albans.
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