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Archbishop of Canterbury on “small groups that claim extraterritorial jurisdiction”

Archbishop of Canterbury on “small groups that claim extraterritorial jurisdiction”

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, on the Lambeth Conference 2022 website:

[T]oo often [the Anglican Communion] has slipped into being a tool of power, the absolute opposite of discipleship in the service of Jesus Christ. Some groups are intent on changing the way in which the Anglican Communion works, so that those outside of a province may interfere with its actions and tell people what to do. There is a danger of becoming a communion that finds itself with a load of small groups that claim extraterritorial jurisdiction.

Without not naming names, Welby is referring to breakaway groups like the so-called Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), which falsely claim membership in the Anglican Communion through their enablers, those Anglican Communion provinces that are members of the Global Anglican Fellowship Conference (Gafcon).

Those breakaway groups are not invited to Lambeth. Many member provinces of Gafcon are boycotting Lambeth 2022.


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Didn’t see this one coming !?!
But welcome aboard 😎

Nancy Smith

Other than pray, what can an Anglican who does not want to join an ACNA do? I am and will ever be an Episcopalian. ❤️

B. D. Howes

I’m confused by Chilton’s double negative, “Without not naming names.” What exactly does that mean?

Chilton also writes “the so-called Anglican Church in North America (ACNA)” which is a bit odd. Is that not their name? I went to their website to check and it appears that is what they call themselves.

In addition, I was unable to confirm they are claiming to be members of the Anglican Communion which includes TEC. What I did find is they expressly do not consider themselves in communion with TEC and are not shy in saying why.

All this begs the question, “what is Chilton trying to say?” Whatever it is, the use of the disparaging “enablers” just connotes a bias and a host of things which Chilton does not explain or support with facts.

Obviously, this “piece” is only a poorly written editorial but it unfortunately demonstrates how the Church that, for as long as I can recall, proclaimed it “Welcomes All” has many who want to make it known that they, in fact, do not.

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