"[By] James B. Simpson and Edward M. Story, Priests of the American Episcopal Church".
"First Edition". -- verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
"What 462 bishops of the Anglican Communion said, or failed to say, at the Tenth Lambeth Conference, on vital issues on faith, ministry, and unity is casting long shadows across all Christendom. This colourful, provocative book is the first verbatim report ever written in the century-long history of the Lambeth Conferences. Unhappily, it cannot show that the bishops were united in support of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church ... Instead, this book candidly discloses the shocking actions -- and inactions -- of the bishops as they came near to abandoning the principles of their faith and ministry." -- dust jacket blurb.
"The objective of this book on the tenth Lambeth Conference is to report the centenary Conference exactly as it was -- not as we wish it might have been or as we wish it had not been.
Throughout the Conference and in the months following we have held as always to our creedal belief in the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church. Some events of Lambeth X reaffirmed that tradition, others seemed to detract from it and to indicate a tendency toward compromising the ancient principles of catholicity. For that reason, we were always glad when 'the Catholic voice' was heard at Lambeth. However, it was also our responsibility to report on the more liberal voices. The latter faction was a strong one, but even amid radical change we are greatly encouraged in our belief that Anglicanism in the future, as in the past -- in sacrament, word, and worship -- has perhaps more than ever before its own particular vocation in the world as part of Christ's Holy Catholic Church.
If this was the last Lambeth Conference, a book about it may have something of the same value as a scientific report on a disappearing species such as the passenger pigeon -- which, we trust despite its not inappropriate name, is never mistaken for the symbol of the Holy Spirit !
If Lambeth X was another in an ongoing series of Lambeth Conferences -- and we hope and believe that it was -- perhaps this work will add some valid footnotes to the continuing history of the Church.
The 'Case of the Altered Resolution', a subject of considerable transatlantic correspondence reported in the section on the diaconate, is included with regret but with the belief that, devious or well-intentioned, it is part of the picture of the personalities and issues dominant in Lambeth X". -- Preface.
Contents: Preface dated Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, 1969 / James B. Simpson and Edward M. Story -- "A Symbol and a Bond" -- Planning for Lambeth -- Lambeth in Session -- Lambeth at Worship -- Lambeth at Leisure -- Lambeth and Faith -- Lambeth and Ministry -- Lambeth and Unity -- Lambeth's Message -- Lambeth in Retrospect -- Appendix: Sermons and Addresses by His Grave, the Archbishop of Canterbury i.e. Michael Ramsey -- Message from His Holiness Pope Paul VI -- Resolution Replying to 'Humanae Vitae' -- Member Churches of the Anglican Communion -- The Lambeth Conferences, 1967-1958 -- Official Observers and Consultants at Lambeth X -- Members of Lambeth X by Diocese and Committee -- Notes on Coats of Arms -- Index.