ACNA-ordained Bishop no longer holds Licence in Southwark.

Southwark diocese signals opposition to rebel Bishop Andy Lines by withdrawing permission to officiate

The ‘missionary bishop’ consecrated by the conservative Anglican Church of North America has had his ‘permission to officiate’ withdrawn by the Diocese of Southwark.
Andy Lines was been told by the Archbishop of Canterbury his authority will not be recognised by the Church of England.Anglican Church in North America

Bishop Andy Lines will offer ‘alternative oversight’ to conservative Anglican parishes in Scotland, England and across Europe who feel they cannot accept the oversight of their official local bishop. His appointment angered many in the Church of England, who object to what they see as the promotion of a divisive splinter movement.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby warned before the missionary bishop was announced that any such appointment would ‘carry no weight in the Church of England’ and cited canons from Christianity’s formative Council of Nicea in AD 325 to warn of the ‘great disturbances and discords’ it would cause.

Lines had permission to officiate in the Diocese of Southwark which was due to be renewed on June 30. A spokesperson for the Diocese told the Church of England Newspaper: ‘Andy Lines wrote to explain that he had moved his canonical residence to the Anglical Church in North America and in view of this change in circumstance his PTO has not been renewed.’

The director of the conservative Reform group, Susie Leafe, said: ‘It is extraordinary that the Bishop of Southwark would wish to prevent a godly, mission-minded man like Andy Lines from ministering in the diocese.’

Lines still holds permission to officiate in the Canterbury diocese. The diocese has not yet responded to a request for information on whether this permission will be renewed. 
One wonders when (whether?) the Archbishop of Canterbury will actually refuse to re-licence this schismatic ACNA ‘Bishop’ in the Diocese of Canterbury when he eventually returns to the U.K. to commence his illicit ministry of episcopal oversight over dissident Anglicans? The vexed question of ACNA and GAFCON’s intention to override the jurisdiction of the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church must surely provoke some more impassioned opposition by the British Archbishops – if not by the rest of the Anglican Communion’s Provincial Archbishops.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch (presently in Amsterdam)

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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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