Things are getting nasty in merry olde England!
When the Primates of the Anglican Communion meet next month in Dublin, Ireland, there will be eleven empty chairs, possibly more. Of the 38 Primates expected to show up, only 27 will take their seats opposite the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon, Secretary General of the Anglican Consultative Council.
It will be a defining moment for Dr. Rowan Williams who has fought hard to keep the Anglican Communion together. Missing will be archbishops from Africa, the Middle East, South East Asia and the Southern Cone. Two of the African provinces – Nigeria and Uganda – comprise some 31 million of the Communion’s 70 million Anglicans.
By any measure, it can only be viewed as the biggest single embarrassment for the titular head of the Anglican Communion and seen as a failure of Anglican comprehensiveness and unity. It may also signal the unraveling of a Covenant aimed at holding the communion together.
On the other hand, it will be viewed as a “victory” for Western pan-Anglican liberal primates and their agenda for a more open, progressive, less doctrinaire, but more accommodating to a culture that embraces pansexuality.
I foresee that many Anglican conservatives will make their way, fully into Rome while the Anglican liberals will find their leadership in the U.S. and Canada.
Where Tom Wright ends up, I dunno.
Wonder if King William will still have an Anglican Church?
- US embassy cables: ‘Unforeseen obstacles’ for Catholic church in accepting Anglican priests (guardian.co.uk)
- The Anglican Communion Isn’t Communing Very Well (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- “Anglican Covenant in question after conservatives withdraw support” and related posts (anglican-mainstream.net)
- Chilean Archbishop Booted From Top Anglican Panel (huffingtonpost.com)
- TAC Primate Issues Pastoral Statement (biblicalpaths.wordpress.com)
- African clergy reject ‘fatally flawed’ effort to unify Anglicans (guardian.co.uk)
- The Anglican Covenant (archbishop-cranmer.blogspot.com)