No Eucharist for the Akinolites

Here is a statement from seven Akinolite primates on why they won’t participate in the Eucharist with Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori. I can only say that anyone who absents himself from the Eucharist because he doesn’t agree with the theological views of fellow participants, is assuming that the Eucharist is about… him. He’s also questioning the power of the Eucharist to bring about reconciliation. And that, dare I say it, is not an orthodox understanding of the sacrament.

I am wondering if this can be what the fuss was about earlier today. (See: Where in the World is Peter Akinola?) Doesn’t seem like quite enough, does it?

Scott Gunn is reporting on this, too.

And Susan Russell points out that the number of Primates skipping Eucharist with our Kate is half the number that skipped Eucharist with our Frank at Dromantine.

Richard at Caught by the Light takes the Aks to task for their shoddy use of the Book of Common Prayer.

And Tobias Haller notes that the seven Primates have their understanding of Eucharistic reconciliation backwards.

Update: Well, I am getting calls to comment on this, so apparently the press thinks it is news. I can’t for the life of me see why. They’ve done it before to no effect, and this time there are fewer of them. This is just an attempt to re-capture the narrative. Perhaps it will work. We shall see.

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  1. Susan Russell

    Not to even mention that they did the same thing in Dromantine. What’s the Drama Queen equivalent for Primates, do you think?

  2. Archbishop John Chew of the Province of SE Asia is one of these idiots. I am deeply, deeply ashamed to say that I was born in Singapore, which is part of that Province, and that I went to an Anglican middle school there before coming to the US and getting confirmed in an Episcopal church (raised Methodist).

    Singaporean Christians, and many others throughout the Global South, were taught by quacks promoting extremist doctrines. The effects of these false teachings are compounded by the legacy of colonialism on people’s minds and spirits. Western churches must forever renounce colonialism, or else we will keep paying for it. We must reach out as partners to our Global South counterparts, and help undo the legacy that some of our ancestors created. and we must hold our own governments accountable for their actions that continue to colonize the Global South.

  3. Jay

    It is just so utterly, obviously carnal to strut around and point at your peers and publicly judge them unworthy to receive this sacrament. And setting an example, as a leader of millions, of exploiting something so holy in order to diminish a brother or sister in Christ, in favor of those who are as reactionary and authoritarian as themselves.

  4. tobias haller

    Jim, I will also note that I thought the Primates weren’t supposed to be issuing statements until after the meeting was over.

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