Via the Anglican Communion News Service: The Most Revd Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon had strong words for those who “militantly present falsehoods” about the Anglican Communion. The Secretary General to the Anglican Communion was addressing the Standing Committee of the Anglican Consultative Council at the beginning of their four-day meeting in London.
He highlighted a number of areas of what he called “rumours and gossip”, including the decision to move the next meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council from Brazil to Hong Kong. The decision was taken, he reminded the Standing Committee, after the then-Primate of Brazil, Bishop Francisco de Assis da Silva, said that his province could not host the meeting because of economic, political and provincial difficulties. “We owe it to him to let people know the truth”, he said. “Please tell people the true story before spinners go to work.”
He also dismissed allegations that the Anglican Communion had gone back on what the Primates requested at the end of their January 2016 meeting, when they agreed “consequences” on the US-based Episcopal Church over its decision to change its canons on marriage. “Everything asked for in the communiqué, has been done,” he said.
The targets of Idowu-Fearon’s comments were not otherwise identified, but we reported earlier this summer on sharp disagreements between the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion and the Secretary General of GAFCON, which had announced that it was launching a new and alternative Anglican Church in Brazil.
More on Idowu-Fearon’s address to the ACC is at ACNS.
Photo: Members of the Standing Committee of the Anglican Consultative Council, together with staff and advisors, during their annual meeting at the Anglican Communion Office in London, via ACNS.