The GAFCONistas have their say

The GAFCON primates have said a little bit about the Lambeth Conference, as have the border-crossing bishops they ordained. Mark Harris provides excellent analysis:

Goodbye Global South, goodbye Lambeth, goodbye Archbishop of Canterbury. As far as the Primates Council is concerned, "the Anglican Communion as a communion of ordered churches is at the probable brink of collapse." Will these Primates meet with the others at the next Primates Meeting? How will they dare?

This Communique on the one hand says nothing not already in the works at GAFCON. It simply puts in place the various pieces. But it has become divisive in its own house. There are notable realignment provinces missing from this group and for good reason. This is not about saving the Communion. It is about replacing it, and if that is not possible, about starting something else entirely and recruiting from the Anglican Communion as it can.

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If you doubt Mark's conclusion, take a look here.

Comments (3)

Mark Harris' comments notwithstanding, there's nothing really shocking here. There was no real expectation that these primates would be all that open to following through with the Windsor Process or the Covenant Process as Canterbury has envisioned. There was every expectation that they would recognize a new provincial body in North America whose traditions they would recognize.

I will find it interesting to see what happens at the next "Global South" gathering, whenever that may happen. Some conservative bodies want to maintain communion with Canterbury, even if that means some sort of communion relationship with us. FOCA and these primates can't really accept that, much less embrace it.

I would love to see some documentation of the CANA etc., claims regarding average Sunday attendance, and would really like to know how many of those are from the AMiA churches in the south, which started before the Robinson consecration and are really not much like either Episcopal churches or Anglican churches elsewhere.

Thumbs down on indaba:

http://www.livingchurch.org/news/news-updates/2008/8/29/gafcon-primates

Bishop Venables said he and several other primates’ council members have additional concerns about the format of the primates’ meeting as proposed by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams in his post-Lambeth pastoral letter to bishops. The proposal to include indaba small-group discussion was a particular concern, Bishop Venables added. “I think it is up to the primates to decide how they are going to do things,” he said. “I don’t think we can be told ahead of time what type of meeting we are going to have, or how we are going to talk.”

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