Support the Café

Search our Site

GAFCON to the rescue in Scotland

GAFCON to the rescue in Scotland

Yesterday, Friday 10 JUN, the second day of the three days of General Synod, the delegates of the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) mostly debated calmly and then took a vote with regard to the marriage canon of that church. The vote simply required a simple majority for the 1st reading of the matter before the Synod. It appears to have achieved much more.

Bishops     5     71.4%
Clergy     43     69.4%
Laity        49    80.3%

The matter now goes to the 7 dioceses of the province for discussion and comment. The matter will then return to next year’s General Synod where it will require a 2/3s majority in each of the three houses of Synod to take effect. What the delegates are voting to do is the remove from the marriage canon the definition that marriage is between one man and one woman. Additionally they propose to add a conscience clause allowing any clergyperson who cannot of good conscience officiate a marriage to refuse to do so without fear of consequence on their part. The logic of the proposal is that the marriage canon would no longer state something that someone in the SEC might not believe and allow those clergy who cannot of good conscience officiate a same gender marriage to excuse themself from participation.

Soon after the vote was taken in General Synod, the Scottish Anglican Network promulgated on its website an open letter (above), received earlier in the week, to members of the SEC from the Global Anglican Future Conference’s (GAFCON) entities in the United Kingdom, the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans UK and the Anglican Mission in England. In this letter the GAFCON folks offered to provide Alternative Episcopal Oversight by bishops affiliated with GAFCON for Scottish Episcopalians who are unhappy with the morning vote regarding the marriage canon.

As predicted when those two GAFCON affiliated entities first appeared on UK soil, bishops with absolutely no authority to do so, are once again offering their services to go mucking about in another bishop’s patch! It happened in North America and the end result was the Anglican-Communion-wannabe, the Anglican Church in North America, trying to replace the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada in the Communion. We had offered a warning to the four autonomous Anglican Provinces in the United Kingdom and Ireland, now those dire predictions appear to be materializing.

The letter reproduced as a screenshot above can be found on the Scottish Anglican Network’s website.


Café Comments?

Our comment policy requires that you use your real first and last names and provide an email address (your email will not be published). Comments that use non-PG rated language, include personal attacks, that are not provable as fact or that we deem in any way to be counter to our mission of fostering respectful dialogue will not be posted.

Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Martin Reynolds

Eric Bonetti is correct, of course, just recently GAFCON responded to the appointment of an American bishop as an assistant bishop in Liverpool diocese by expressing its support for these bishops and their plan to have a parallel Church in the UK.
One of the problems is that their hostility to such inclusive actions is legitimised by the decisions of Primates Meetings and the actions of the Archbishop of Canterbury. They are correct, on the surface, in their claim to be the voice of Anglican orthodoxy as the outpourings of Primates meetings and actions of Archbishops of Canterbury demonstrate.
Sadly, both the leaders of TEC and SEC were present and voting at the most recent meeting of the Primates and neither raised a voice to challenge the practice of trying to govern the Anglican Communion through these meetings. Thus giving a legitimacy to the words and deeds of these GAFCON would be interlopers.
Only within the last week has the Scotish Primus mumbled something complaining of the Primates overreaching themselves.
It’s hard to complain, you know, when your lad is seeming to support the polity of the Communion.

John Chilton

Readers: Martin refers to remarks by the Scottish Primus in the last week. Those remarks are here,

Eric Bonetti

I am waiting for GAFCON to turn on Welby. As King James famously said, “He who sups with the devil ought have a long spoon.”

JC Fisher

“GAFCON to invade Scotland: FIFY.

Rod Gillis

Pay no attention to the [men] behind the curtain.

GAFCON reacts.Next!

Leonardo Ricardo

Nothing like cranking up a little difference and hate against LGBTI Anglicans/others when things are getting a little tired and slow down home in the Global South…way down, deep down, on fear and queertalk-mongering way. Ole! Will these nervous men, and they are mostly fidgeting old men, ever zip-it-up (silent mouths would be nice) and stop spewing a faux-time-religion that is based on sexual aversions, sentimental slavery obsessions and against many LGBTI peoples happy and, even sometimes, married lives?

Support the Café
Past Posts

The Episcopal Café seeks to be an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition.  The Café is not a platform of advocacy, but it does aim to tell the story of the church from the perspective of Progressive Christianity.  Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ.

The opinions expressed at the Café are those of individual contributors, and, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official statements of a parish, diocese or other organization. The art and articles that appear here remain the property of their creators.

All Content  © 2017 Episcopal Café