Turkey’s Anglicans “mystified” by archbishop’s Erdoğan visit

Anglican clergy in Turkey were not informed of the visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the highest official in the church, to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan this month, the Church Times said.

Canon Ian Sherwood of Christ Church Istanbul said Anglicans in the country were “mystified” by the meeting.

“The diocesan bishop responsible for Turkey as well as HM embassy in Ankara could not add any further light to the situation,” he said.

The archbishop’s office has not revealed anything about the meeting, the ecclesiastical newspaper said, which took place at a time when Turkey is under criticism for its human rights record and for the continuing detention of an American pastor, Andrew Brunson, arrested in October 2016.