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I am a presbyter in the diocese of Fort Worth, Texas (Anglican Church in North America). I serve as Chaplain at St. Vincent's School and as a canon of St. Vincent's Cathedral Church in Bedford, Texas. In addition to my parish duties and teaching Religion classes in the school I am also the Middle School Social Studies teacher.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

WOW!!! Is This First Official Act Establishing "The New Anglican Order"?

The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the largest Anglican province in the world, has issued an astonishing communique. It reads, in part (emphasis added):


Synod is satisfied with the move by the Global South to continue with its veritable project of defending the faith committed to us against present onslaught from ECUSA, Canada, England and their allies. The need therefore, to redefine and/or re-determine those who are truly Anglicans becomes urgent, imperative and compelling. Synod therefore empowers the leadership of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) to give assent to the Anglican Covenant.


The Lambeth Conference which is one of the accepted organs of unity in the Anglican Communion is due for another meeting in 2008. The Synod, after reviewing some recent major events in the Communion, especially the effects of the ‘revisionists’ theology’, which is now making wave in America, Canada and England, observed with dismay the inability of the Church in the afore­mentioned areas to see reason for repentance from the harm and stress they have caused this communion since 1988 culminating in the consecration of Gene Robinson, a practicing homosexual in 2003 as a bishop in ECUSA. Synod also regrets the inability of the See of Canterbury to prevent further impairment of the unity of the Church. It therefore, believes strongly that the moral justification for the proposed Lambeth Conference of 2008 is questionable in view of the fact that by promoting teachings and practices that are alien and inimical to the historic formularies of the Church, the Bishops of ECUSA, Canada and parts of Britain have abandoned the Biblical faith of our fathers.


Synod underlines the need for maintaining the age-long tradition of a ten-yearly Conference of Bishops in the Anglican Communion for discussing issues affecting the Church. It therefore calls on the leadership of the Global South and Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa (CAPA) to do everything necessary to put in place a Conference of all Anglican Bishops to hold in 2008 should all efforts to get the apostles of ‘revisionist agenda’ to repent and retrace their steps fail.

RWF continues: I am not certain precisely what this all means, but the final sentence in no. 3 above seems to imply that Nigeria is calling into question whether Lambeth 2008 should take place at all. (For non-Anglican readers: Lambeth 2008 is the next scheduled incarnation of the gathering of all of the world's Anglican bishops that takes place in England every 10 years.) And paragraph no. 4 above is apparently calling on the Global South to host its own world-wide Anglican bishops' conference somewhere else instead--a conference that would presumably exclude "the apostles of the 'revsionist agenda'" who have not repented and retraced their erroneous steps. Is this the new Anglican Communion we have heard so much about in the birthing?!


Blogger Adam said...

Well, if the new Anglican entity is headed by Wackinola (sic) I'm not interested.

10:27 PM  
Blogger texanglican said...

Personally, I am very impressed with Archbishop Akinola's leadership. He is, like it or not, the de facto world leader of orthodox Anglicanism. He is one of the few leaders who is willing to speak plainly and act, at least occassionally.

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Blogger Julian said...

...too plainly, IMHO. He also seems so black-and-white and I resent his tendency to put moral pressure on the orthodox in ECUSA to leave ASAP. And while you know I'm all for leadership in the Anglican Communion being detached from England, Canterbury, etc... I'm not sure I like the degree of comfort with which people like Akinola assume leadership in areas that might be more the duty of our own local orthodox to step into. I'm also not sure I like the statement's conscious self-identificaton of a "Global South" - why fixate on political boundaries? and what I care about is orthodoxy, and I don't want leadership explicitly in the hands of the "Global South" any more than I want it in the hands of any other geographical locale, including Canterbury. Seriously, if we tried to do this sort of thing to Africa, we would be seen as arrogant imperialists trying to usurp the leadership of Anglican communion. Why should it be OK the other way around? Acting like it's morally wrong to even have a Lambeth Conference at all? That goes too far.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Derek the Ænglican said...

Yes but... In addition to the huge culture gap--++Akinola is Protestant. Remember, he's the one who wants to return to the 1662 ordinal and the 39 Articles which good Anglo-Catholics can't say without fingers crossed behind their backs...

1:32 PM  
Blogger Peregrinator said...

The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is going to have to remove their tabernacles, melt down their monstrances, and hide their rosaries if their going to process to the altar, I mean, holy table with Akinola.

For Akinola, Anglo-Catholics are part of the problem, not part of the solution.

8:19 PM  

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