GAFCON Primates about to challenge C. of E. Jurisdiction?

GAFCON primates to meet in London

In his Easter Pastoral Letter Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Primate of Kenya and Chairman of the GAFCON Primates’ Council notes that:

…The GAFCON Primates Council will soon meet in London, from the 13th to the 17th April, and we shall take counsel together so that our movement can grow strongly and be equipped to fulfil the vision of restoring the Anglican Communion’s commitment to biblical truth. It will also give us a special opportunity to meet with leaders of the British and Irish branch of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans and the Anglican Mission in England. Please uphold us in prayer during this time…

George Conger reports in AMiE on the agenda for London GAFCON primates meeting that the ACNA Archbishop Foley Beach will be among those attending, and he writes:

Next week’s London meeting is expected to discuss the issue of whether to support a parallel Anglican jurisdiction akin to the Anglican Church in North America for England, and how such support should be shown.

In his 23 September 2014 pastoral letter to the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA), the group’s leader, Archbishop Eliud Wabukala of Kenya wrote: “It is becoming clear that we must see the once missionary nations of the West as now themselves mission fields.” He further stated “the focus of the struggle for biblical faithfulness has shifted from North America to England.”

To achieve this end, the Anglican Mission in England (AMiE) had been “authorised by the GAFCON Primates to work within and, where necessary, outside the structures of the Church of England as a missionary society”.

Details of the Anglican Mission in England were reported previously, here.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento (Thinking Anglicans) on Friday, 10 April 2015

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Here is a disturbing thought about the coming visitation  of GAFCON Primates to their planted schismatic Church (Anglican Mission in England (AMiE) in the U.K., as reported by George Conger:

“Next week’s London meeting is expected to discuss the issue of whether to support a parallel Anglican jurisdiction akin to the Anglican Church in North America for England, and how such support should be shown.”

Border-Crossing was one of the definite No-Nos agreed to by the full meeting of the Anglican Communion Bishops who were considering the famous ‘Windsor Report’  – setting ground rules for behaviour amongst Provincial Primates.

There were few actual Rules made by the Bishops, but this was one of them – made in response to those Provinces who insisted on piratical invasion of other Provinces of the Communion, with the intention of setting up their own ‘Gay-Free’ Church communities.

The Windsor Report, though expressing disquiet about the ordination of Gay Clergy and Bishops, offered the facilitation of Communion-wide and Provincial discussion of the phenomenon of homosexuality, which, however, certain Provinces (later known as GAFCON affiliates) declined to accept, and immediately set up their organisation of dissenting Churches in other Provinces of the Anglican Communion in protest.

Since the time of their first meetings as GAFCON, certain provinces of the Communion have continued to ignore the banning of Border-Crossing, and have established further satellite Churches in both the USA and Canada – in competition with the local Anglican Church bodies in those countries – ACNA being the amalgamation of those schismatic bodies in North America, in competition with TEC and the Anglican Church of Canada.

Now that the Primate of Kenya has established his own satellite Anti-Gay Church in the United Kingdom – (AMiE) the Anglican Mission in England – he, together with other GAFCON Primates, is about to challenge the local Church of England by this visitation, with the express purpose of considering the establishment of a ‘Parallel Anglican jurisdiction’ on the home turf of the Founding Church of the Anglican Communion.

If the Church of England stands by and allows this ‘parallel jurisdiction’ to happen, this will surely be the next step in the dissolution of the world-wide family of Churches of the Anglican Communion! This can only serve to cause confusion among Britain’s Anglicans – never mind the rest of the Provinces that are not aligned with the institutional homophobia of the GAFCON Provinces.

The Anglican World watches – and waits – for the Archbishop of Canterbury’s response to this act of piracy in his own jurisdiction.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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4 Responses to GAFCON Primates about to challenge C. of E. Jurisdiction?

  1. John Palmer says:

    Please could you give details of the “institutional homophobia of the GAFCON Provinces”. My understanding is that they are opposed to the ordination of practicing homosexuals, but that does not make them homophobic – it merely draws a line in the sand about what they see as acceptable Christian behaviour for the ordained clergy, based on their reading of the Bible. May I suggest that to accuse the whole GAFCON movement of being homophobic is misleading and unnecessary and detracts from the main point of your blog.

    • kiwianglo says:

      Thank you, John for your comment. However, the word ‘homophobia’ is described in the Oxford English Dictionary as “an intense aversion to homosexuality and homosexuals”. Thus, from whatever basis the aversion of GAFCON to this category of person is derived – whether biblical or otherwise – the word would seem to be correctly applied. This institutional ‘aversion’ to homosexuals has been categorily criticised by the Instruments of Unity in the Anglican Communion, and should have no place in the life of the Church.

      • John Palmer says:

        Are you therefore saying that everyone who opposes the ordination of a practicing homosexual is homophobic? John

  2. kiwianglo says:

    John, if you look more carefully at my comment (above), I have not specified as homophobic only those who are against practising homosexuals. I have given the Oxford Dictionary quotation of what, precisely, is the definition of homophobia.

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