The pictures are indeed worth a thousand words: here are Nigerian barristers in wigs, Anglican prelates in Episcopal garb, candidates signing oaths, new Bishops and their wives. The report and pictures settle the matter: Canon Martyn Minns is now Bishop Martyn Minns, bishop in the
He was already congratulated by the American Anglican Council and the Moderator at the AAC Council meeting last month on being elected. The Common Cause Roundtable, on its way to being the Common Cause Federation, has determined to include the Convocation of Anglicans in
But matters now get more complex. Outstanding questions still have to be answered and new ones arise.
(i) What of Bishop Minns’ standing as Rector of Truro Parish in
(ii) What of Bishop Minns and the matter of invitation to the Lambeth Conference? He is a bishop in the
(iii) Is Bishop Minns a diocesan bishop, with powers of the ordinary, or is he some form of assisting bishop? The fact that the Nigerian CANA operation is not called a diocese raises interesting questions about
(iv) And then there is
Many of these sorts of questions arise because we ordain Bishops “in the
In terms of respect due the office, my sense is the “
Bishop Minns joins a long list of bishops I pray for, am willing to respect as bishops, but for whom it is true to say “they have no more jurisdiction than any foreign bishop.”
Fr. Jake, as in “Fr. Jake stops the World” had a fine piece on “the Nigerian Shell Game.” That piece shows what a confusing history the notion of CANA has had already. Now the next level of confusion takes up where the previous matters left off.