On learning that Archbishops Kolini of Rwanda and Ping Chung of South East Asia intend to consecrate four further bishops in Denver on Sunday June 24th, to serve within the territorial boundary of the Episcopal Church of the USA, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey, said in a letter to the two Archbishops:
"I have the greatest concern to see that all we who are called to Primacy in this historic Communion do everything in our power to strengthen our communion with one another.
"What is proposed cannot strengthen, but can only undermine, that communion."
In speaking out about the four proposed consecrations in Denver, Dr Carey is re-affirming the position he took on the consecrations of John Rodgers and Charles Murphy, last year, describing them as," at best irregular and at worst schismatic". He will only recognise them as bishops in communion with him if they are fully reconciled to the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the USA.
Dr Carey calls on the Archbishops of Rwanda and of South East Asia to reconsider the planned consecrations, but also makes clear that should the consecrations go ahead they should be in no doubt about the consequences:
"Are you and your Province aware that action of this kind takes you perilously close to creating a new group of churches at odds with the See of Canterbury and the rest of the Communion? I personally would regret this so very much as I have had the closest of dealings with Rwanda through all the troubles and the church there is still very much close to my heart! South East Asia, also, is a Province that I greatly love"