10 February 2010

ACNA not in communion with the Mother Church

Another dark day in Duncanville has dawned.

As far as the Mother Church is concerned ACNA is not part of the Anglican Communion. Instead, the General Synod of the Church of England has voted to accept that ACNA wishes to be part of the Anglican Communion. But, that's not the same as is part of the Anglican Communion.

The GS also agreed that there are ways for ACNA to become part of the communion and that those ways need to be followed.

The anticipated resolution was amended to read
(a) recognise and affirm the desire of those who have formed the Anglican Church in North America to remain within the Anglican family.
The votes were
    264 in favour
    4 Against
    2 Abstentions
The resolution also stated that the membership in the AC "raises issues which the relevant authorities of each need to explore further." It also called for more study and another report later this year.

One must wonder how much defeat is enough before the schismatics recognize the facts. But facts mean nothing to schismatics. ACNA and the so called Global South couldn't care less what the Archbishop of Canterbury or the Mother Church thinks about them. The Schismatics are an organization to themselves. Everyone and everything else is irrelevant to them. They have issued their Fiat: "We are the Anglican Communion" and that settles it. Duncan said that back in 2007:
“Never, ever has [the Archbishop of Canterbury] spoken publicly in defense of the orthodox in the United States ... the cost [of not supporting us] is his office. The fact is that the Archbishop of Canterbury has not led in a way that might have saved his office and might have saved Lambeth. In this crisis, we’ve had no leader to lead."

Asked if he thought that being in communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury was essential to being Anglican, Bishop Duncan said that being obedient to scripture is of greater importance than being recognized by Canterbury.
The question is, of course, obedience to whose interpretation scripture? Is divorce included in that scripture, or women showing up at Duncanland's shrines wearing pants included?

As for the CoE vote, ACNA wasted no time in putting their spin on the vote. According to their web site, unless one knows the whole story, one would think that the CoE welcomed ACNA with open arms. You may read the spin here.

It's interesting to note that ACNA now claims 800 congregations. The numbers just keep changing in Duncanland.

The Guardian's Savitri Hensman puts it in prospective
In tackling racism, and ongoing opposition to caste inequality in some parts of the world, churches have sometimes had to upset otherwise virtuous people who were oblivious to the evils of certain kinds of demeaning practices. Deep-seated prejudice and institutionalised discrimination against women and lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people also blight not only the lives of those on the receiving end but also, ultimately, everyone. It is time for the Church of England to be bolder in challenging inequality of every kind.
The Lead has a good post on the vote. Mark Harris posts here. There is also an excellent artilce in The Guardian that's worth a read.