C of E sends observer to ACNA?
“Our global commitments remain strong and we continue to be seen as “gospel partners” and bearers of “authentic Anglicanism” (South-South Encounter IV) by most of the world’s Anglicans. The GAFCON Provinces accord our Province status as the North American Province and I am seated as a Primate in the Primates Council. I was privileged to be present at Archbishop Ian Earnest’s invitation at the All Africa Bishops Conference (of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa) last August in Entebbe and was accorded a seat there for public and state events as one of the archbishops of the provinces. It is the greatest of joys to welcome Archbishop Ian Earnest – Archbishop of the Province of the Indian Ocean and Chairman of CAPA – to this Provincial Council as speaker, observer and friend, and to our College of Bishops as Bible teacher and consultor. It is also a privilege to welcome Fr. Thomas Seville, CR, of the Faith and Order Commission of the Church of England here as participant and observer, in partial response to the action of the General Synod of the Church of England in February 2010 regarding consideration of an appropriate form of recognition or relationship with the Anglican Church in North America”.
Mark Harris has commented at length about this, in – “So, explain again just what the Church of England is up to in America?’ …Participant and observer….sounds like more than just an exploratory visit. What in the world is the Church of England proposing to do “regarding consideration of an appropriate form of recognition or relationship with the ACNA”? I presume the Archbishop of Canterbury, not in communion with ACNA as yet, knows that the Archbishop of ACNA is not the Archbishop of a Province of anything, much less a Province of the Anglican Communion. So it must be that in sending Fr. Seville over to participate and observe, the CofE is feeding the optimistic fires of ACNA’s Archbishop for recognition…”
Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Friday, 24 June 2011-
Thanks to Simon Sarmiento of ‘Thinking Anglicans’ for this link from the pseudo-Anglican world of ACNA, where it’s self-appointed ‘Archbishop’ Robert Duncan is reflecting on what might transpire from an expected ‘Observer Group‘ from the Church of England – led by Archbishop Ian Earnest (West Indies, Anglican Communion) and Fr. Thomas Saville, C.R., of the Faith and Order Commission of the Anglican Communion, no less!
What is happening in the minds of the ACO? Is this a ‘dummy run’ to accord ‘Anglican Communion’ status to the dissident pseudo-Anglican ‘Province of ACNA’ in North America? And is Abp. Earnest really ‘earnest’ about his intention to bypass the authentic Anglican Provinces of TEC and the Anglican Church of Canada? At the very least, it seems unwise of Fr. Seville (C.R.) of the ‘Anglican Communion Faith and Order Office’ to be seen to precipitate the unseemly posturing of proud prelate Bobby Duncan in his bid to become ‘kosher’ in North America.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch