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Gafcon wants group they snub to have greater power

Gafcon wants group they snub to have greater power

Primates who did not attend the Dublin Primates meeting have issued a statement through Gafcon complaining about decisions made in their absence that underscored that the primates meeting is a meeting to build to collegiality, and is in not a tribunal that metes out penalties. It comes as no surprise that Gafcon does not agree.

The statement made one bit of news: “a GAFCON Global Coordination office would be established in London under the direction of the Rt. Rev’d Martyn Minns, Missionary Bishop of the Church of Nigeria, serving as Deputy Secretary and Executive Director.”

If the statement held any consequences they were not evident although George Conger’s report was headlined Gafcon throws down gauntlet to Dr. Williams. Perhaps having Minns in backyard of Lambeth Palace is the gauntlet.

The tone of the Nairobi statement from the Gafcon archbishops: Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, West Africa, the Southern Cone, Rwanda, Sydney and Archbishop Robert Duncan of the ACNA, speaks to the mounting frustration the reform movement’s leaders feel with the course of events taken by the London-based instruments of the communion, one insider told The Church of England Newspaper.

Given the African church’s historic deference to the office of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and their cultural predisposition not to air their differences in public, the Nairobi letter was a remarkably frank document, CEN was told.

Really? No, it was another rehash statement analogous to moving coins from one pocket to another and saying they’d gotten richer.


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Bill Nichols

“Remarkably frank…” And bold. Not wanting to appear cynical or at all un-Christian, it very honestly surprises me that this sort of statement is only now appearing. “If you give a mouse a cookie….” I deeply believe all corners of the AC should unite as one family & work out differences honestly & in good faith. ALL corners….


I think our brothers in Gafcon might want to think again about creating a strong central authority for the Communion, especially given the experience of some of them with the central authority of the British Empire. Once given power to deal with the US and Canadian churches, what would be the next target of such a central authority?

Please sign your name next time — thx ~Ed.

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