The Anglican congress ended in Toronto today (Friday) with a message to the world that some of the old ways of the church would have to go.
The Anglican congress ended in Toronto today (Friday) with a message to the world that some of the old ways of the church would have to go. But there was an explosion between delegates over the failure of the congress to include any mention of the racial discrimination issue. Some of the African delegates stood up to the floor microphone and shouted that it was completely inadequate or sheer cowardice for the congress not to put itself firmly against discrimination. Their appeals were applauded and the message now includes a strongly-worded denunciation of segregation and other forms of racial discrimination as "sin". It was during the lunch-hour on the final day that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Doctor Michael Ramsey, greeted the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Toronto, James Cardinal McGuigan (cct). At the opening of the congress, eleven days before, Doctor Ramsey had said that he believed the anglican church could act as a mediator in the movement towards Christian unity. Today's meeting was an indication that the two Christian faiths are moving closer together. At the first Congress in 1954, Roman Catholics declined invitations to attend and observe the sessions. But this year, there were several Roman Catholic observers and press representatives, present. After greeting Cardinal McGuigan, Doctor Ramsey escorted him to his hotel suite (Royal York, Toronto) where the two conducted a seven-minute discussion. Then, they returned to the lobby and to the street together, as the Cardinal departed. The Congress ended with a special service of dismissal at St. James Cathedral in Toronto. The church was filled.