‘GAFCON’ – Hoist by its own Petard?

The quasi-Anglican Group which calls itself ‘GAFCON’ has been very anxious of late to try to advertise its very own brand of what it is is pleased to call “Anglican Orthodoxy”. One of its most vociferous proponents here, under the blog title ‘Virtue-on-line’, has suddeny realised that not all of the Gafcon quest for notoriety may be ‘kosher’. In a world of ‘fake news’ this is one instance of Gafcon’s hangers on (in this case someone purporting to be from either the ‘Anglican Church of South India’ or the ‘Anglican Church of North India) has compromised the official Gafcon Leaders, obviously seriously embarrassing the Gafcon Chair – ACNA’s Archbishop Foley Beach in North America – by proclaiming his presence at a special Meeting of ‘Christmas Celebration’ with ‘Anglican Bishops of the Council of India’ advertised to take place in Delhi., leading to that gentleman’s denial of any knowledge of this invitation being offered to him!

Sadly, this is spoken of in V.O.L.’s article (below) as: “a splinter Anglican group trying to embarrass and capitalize on the global orthodox Anglican movement.” The real irony here, of course, is the FACT that the GAFCON Group (involving the ‘Guests’ shown in this advertisement below) is not, itself, an official body of the world-wide ANGLICAN COMMUNION but, rather, just another (if rather larger) ‘Splinter Anglican Group’ – in their case, having formed their own quasi-Anglican sodality with its very own ‘Primates Council’, and which has spawned various schismatic ‘Anglican’ churches including ACNA – which has no official standing in the A.C.C. based on loyalty to Canterbury and the Lambeth Conference.

How this new pantomime will be resolved is yet to be seen. In the meantime the Gospel Message of God’s Love for ALL people will, hopefully, continue to be spread abroad by the official Provincial Churches of the Anglican Communion around the world – freed from the problems of homophobia and sexism which, again sadly, seems to have been the primary motivating force for the existence of Gafcon and its promoters (and, maybe in this case, its false promoters). Schism, regrettably, almost always leads to further schism.

The Almighty Word Leapt Down! “The WORD became FLESH and dwelt among us!” Deo gratias.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand


INDIA: Anglican Ad Pushes False Claim Of GAFCON Inspired Conference

INDIA: Anglican Ad pushes false claim of GAFCON inspired conference

By David W. Virtue, DD
December 19, 2021

An advertisement pushing a GAFCON conference featuring Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is fake. It was distributed by a splinter Anglican group trying to embarrass and capitalize on the global orthodox Anglican movement.

The ad was allegedly instigated by Archbishop and Primate John Sathiyakumar of the Chennai-based Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches (CEEC), an Anglican jurisdiction not recognized by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lambeth Conference or GAFCON, the Global Anglican Future Conference. The ad is causing acute embarrassment to GAFCON, which has roundly condemned the ad and conference it purports to support.

The ad incensed many Indian Christians who were very disturbed that the Indian PM Modi was headlined as guest of honor. He is accused of turning a blind eye to brutal attacks against religious minorities like Christians. One source in India said, “Modi represents widespread persecution of Christians. Most churches have decided not to have anything to do with the ruling party at this time of the year.”

The ad featured GAFCON Chairman and ACNA Archbishop Foley Beach and international ACNA Bishop William Atwood supporting the occasion as speakers at the conference.

On hearing the news, Archbishop Beach said the invitation was put out without any consultation with the parties listed and I don’t know of any who will be there — if this event is really happening. We were invited but declined to attend.

“GAFCON has been working for several years seeking to find a way to set up a GAFCON India. We are in the process of establishing a GAFCON Anglican Bishops Council and working hard to vet anyone who will be on it. This is in process, so nothing is definite. As you know, corruption and paganism are rampant among many of the so-called Anglicans there, and we are seeking to be very careful.”

“From what we can figure, one of the bishops has set all of this up (if it is really happening), but we are not a part of this,” said Beach.

About kiwianglo

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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