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What did the Chairman of the Anglican Consultative Council say about the Primates decision and TEC?

What did the Chairman of the Anglican Consultative Council say about the Primates decision and TEC?

The Rt Revd James Tengatenga, ACC chairman, affirmed the “right and responsibility” of Episcopal Church delegates to vote at the next ACC meeting. This directly contradicts the Primates’ request that TEC not represent the Anglican Communion in global issues. The request was made in January at an unofficial gathering, but it was worded in a way that caused confusion and made many think that TEC was officially barred.

The ACC is the most representative of the four instruments of Communion in the Anglican Communion, and the only body with a constitution and bylaws; the stated goal of the group is to facilitate the co-operative work of the churches of the Communion. TEC leaders and others noted that the Primates did not have any official authority or capacity to deny TEC from fulfilling their official role in the ACC.

Madeleine Davis, writing for Church Times, notes that all three Episcopal Church delegates have confirmed their full attendance at the upcoming meeting in Lusaka, capital of Zambia.

From the article:

The Primates had “spiritual and pastoral significance, and not constitutional authority”, the Bishop of Connecticut, Dr Ian Douglas, said this week. Both the President of the House of Deputies, the Revd Gay Clark Jennings, and the lay representative, Rosalie Simmonds Ballentine, also confirmed their intention to participate fully.

The Rt Revd Stanley Ntagali, Archbishop of Uganda, has announced that he will not attend the meeting following the news, which he described as a ‘betrayal’.

Why do you think so many media outlets and others mis-stated the earlier announcement as being an official bar or sanction for TEC? Do you think that this meeting will smooth over ruffles and disagreements between the various churches?


The Episcopal Church delegates from 2012 include two of the 2016 delegates; Dr Ian Douglas (third from left) and the Revd Gay Clark Jennings (fourth from left)
Photo credit: Mary Frances Schjonberg / Episcopal News Service


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christopher seitz

I believe the issue may find its problematic in the public comments of the General Secretary of the Anglican Communion, who of course attended the Canterbury Gathering.

How much longer is Tengatenga chairing this body? I believe he cycles off shortly. He is trying to find a post in the US after the Dartmouth blowup.

Jim Naughton

Bishop Tengatenga’s successor will be elected at this meeting. But the Archbishop of Canterbury (“This decision binds the Primates as a group, but not any Province or other Instrument of Communion.”) will be around for a while. And Norman Doe (“No instrument exists conferring upon the Primates’ meeting the jurisdiction to ‘require’ these things. . . Whatever they require is unenforceable.”) will remain one of the top canon lawyers in the communion. And sections three and 11 of the ACC’s constitution regarding membership will continue to say what they say. Bishop Tengatenga is one of a number of people who have pointed out that the primates overreached.

Jim Naughton

If you haven’t read Archbishop Welby’s address to the Church of England’s General Synod, it’s worth a read:

It contains this sentence regarding the “consequences”:

“This decision binds the Primates as a group, but not any Province or other Instrument of Communion.”

It would seem he and Bishop Tengatenga are on the same page. So it’s worth asking ourselves who benefits from behaving as though there is controversy here.

Eric Bonetti

I always laugh when the CANA crowd talks about “Anglican orthodoxy.” Having grown up in TEC, the only orthodoxy of which I was ever aware was our common traditions and our willingness to embrace a diversity of religious experiences. As a result, I have visited Episcopal churches that range from charismatic, to the highest of high churches, to everything in between. Or, in other words, the only orthodoxy is that there is none. People are free to embrace the faith as they understand it, which is the beauty of our tradition.

Christopher Johnson

Which, if your description is accurate, is Unitarian-Universalist and thus, not even remotely Christian.

Prof. Christopher Seitz

The fat is clearly in the fire.

Paul Woodrum

No, scripture is not at the bottom of this entire business. It is simply being exploited to justify unjustifiable homophobia and bigotry.

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