Bishop’s amendment guts original ACNA legislation

Simon Sarmiento at Thinking Anglicans has a scoop on the ACNA resolution.

The original resolution reads: “That this Synod express the desire that the Church of England be in communion with the Anglican Church in North America”.

The Bishop of Bristol (the Rt Revd Mike Hill) move this amendment:

Leave out everything after “That this Synod” and insert:

“(a) recognise and affirm the desire of those who have formed the Anglican Church in North America to remain within the Anglican family;

(b) acknowledge that this aspiration, in respect both of relations with the Church of England and membership of the Anglican Communion, raises issues which the relevant authorities of each need to explore further; and

(c) invite the Archbishops to report further to the Synod in 2011”.

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  1. John B. Chilton

    I still am fond of my original conviction that it would be good to see a direct vote on the original vote. My guess is it wouldn’t pass, and that would be a great thing. And if it did pass, at least we’d know where we stand — and who we share common values with in the C of E.

    As it is I guess this move means there will be a vote on this amendment which I suppose has a high chance of passing. And then the amended motion will be passed. And nothing will be learned.

  2. Anonymous

    @John B. Chilton:

    I think you’re being too pessimistic. This amendment effectively guts the original resolution, and would make ACNA go through the admission process like anyone else, rather than giving them special treatment. It is a very polite way of saying “get stuffed”.

  3. Paul Woodrum

    Sometimes it’s best to take a little side step as is sung in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.”


    It’s a poison pill, plain and simple. Synod is dusting its hands and talking of Avatar.

    Torey Lightcap

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