GAFCON making new bishops for Europe

In this excited report the Sydney (GAFCON) Diocese trumpets Gafcon’s further incursion into the Anglican Diocese of Europe, with the ordination, by ACNA Archbishop Foley Beach, of two ‘assistant bishops’ for its quasi-Anglican diocese in the U.K. and Europe under the leadership of its Bishop, Andy Lines.

In the wake of the news of Nigeria’s separate bid to reclaim any Nigerians who might already be part of that European sodality (and also any Nigerians involved in the ACNA Church of Foley Beach in North America); this belated move by Gafcon to consolidate its schismatic movement around the world – especially in the U.K. and Europe – may just have been ‘too little and too late’.

In the likelihood of the Anglican Province of Nigeria (formerly a co-founder of the GAFCON Provinces) acting independently from GAFCON under the leadership of Foley Beach in North America and Europe; this will mean just one more schismatic church (Nigeria) to add to the many ex-Anglican Churches around the world that have withdrawn from the patronage of the Founding Province of Canterbury.

That the Sydney Diocese should be crowing over this latest expansion of GAFCON in Europe only serves to highlight its own schismatic tendency towards separation from the official Anglican Church in Australia.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Consecration of new Assistant Bishops for the Anglican Network in Europe

Posted on October 22, 2022 
Filed under GAFCON

Early this morning (22 October 2022), Australian time, Tim Davies, Lee McMunn and Ian Ferguson were consecrated as Assistant Bishops in the Anglican Network in Europe at a service in Hull in the UK.

The service was introduced by Bishop Andy Lines, Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Network in Europe.

Many international guests were present. Archbishop Foley Beach presided at the consecration. Archbishop Laurent Mbanda, Primate of Rwanda, preached and called his hearers to take Jesus’ command, The Great Commission, seriously.

Watch the full service here.

 

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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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2 Responses to GAFCON making new bishops for Europe

  1. Kieran Crichton says:

    Thank you Fr Ron. I think your final sentence might need some nuance. Regardless of what happens with GAFCON in the next five years I think there will always be a Diocese of Sydney remaining at various degrees of strained relationship with the rest of Australian Anglicanism. Much as I’d like to see a more liberal mindset emerge there, realistically we’re more likely to see softening and carefully framed correction of the current culture rather than total transformation.

    • kiwianglo says:

      Yes, Kieran. While you have vibrant A/C parishes like Christchurch St. Laurence and St. James in the Diocese of Sydney, I cannot see as total alienation from the Australian Anglican Church. Also, the Perth and Brisbane dioceses have many moderate parishes so I can’t see ACA descending into Gafcon-schism.

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