Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, England has said that most Anglicans recognize the pope as “the father of the Church in the West.”
Archbishop Welby said this In an ecumenical discussions at the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, England.
The 2022 Lambeth Conference runs from July 26 until Aug. 8. Over 600 bishops representing Christian communities from the Anglican Communion have gathered in Canterbury for a program of lectures and discussions on a range of topics, from peace and reconciliation to environment and sustainability.
Archbishop Welby said that he is “not proud” of the level of progress made in promoting Christian unity in recent years.
He attributed this stasis in part to what he termed “habits of separation” that have been fostered over the last 500 years.
Nonetheless, he believes that the majority of the Church of England’s members acknowledge the pope to be “the father of the Church in the West.”.