[VirtueOnline] 30 July 2007--If traditional Anglicans don't turn up at Lambeth 2008, the liberals in the Anglican Communion will change Anglicanism and will do so without blinking an eyelid.
Speaking to traditionalists at a Festival of Faith gathering in Bladensburg, Maryland, on Saturday, West Indies Archbishop the Most Rev. Drexel Gomez said the communion was at a turning point and he had grave doubts it will survive in its present form.
"The official Anglican representation will be synonymous with the American Episcopal Church and that movement is increasing if Global South traditionalists don't attend. Many believe that if that happens the communion will no longer be Anglican.
"We need a communion meeting that reflects the future of the communion. There is no reason why a priest or congregation is persecuted because they simply want to practice traditional Anglicanism. We cannot go on with an ambiguousness and intolerance that is only increasing."
The Bishop of Western Louisiana, the Rt. Rev. Bruce McPherson made an impassioned plea at Dar es Salaam, (Tanzania) to give us the space to practice our religion; "Just allow us to practice our faith."
Gomez told his audience, "We have to change the mindset of people in The Episcopal Church who not only resent traditional Anglicanism but want to root it out. We must claim our God given space. God has not given them the right to deny us what the church has believed and practiced. We need a communion meeting and a communion decision on how we move forward, and that might lead us to move beyond the geographic delineations we have imposed on the communion."