Fr. Dan, whose fine blog, Confessions of a Carioca, is worth regularly checking in with, posted this yesterday, under the heading "Something Wicked This Way Comes": "I am reasonably well assured that a sub-group of some five dioceses within the Anglican Communion Network have cooked up a plan to hold hands and jump off the slowly-sinking ship that is the Episcopal Church and swim to . . . well, here's where the intelligence gets sketchy--OK, non-existent." Later in the same article he says, "In the most charitable construction, a move of this sort represents a 'Plan B' in response to last month's resounding rejection of the Primates' Pastoral Council/Primatial Vicar plan by the House of Bishops. A more jaded exegesis sees it as the most radical fringe of the Network exploiting the HOB's ill-advised actions by making a run for something more like they would have wanted in the first place anyway."
C.B. responding to my earlier post, "Bishop Minns moves up, on, and out" reminded me that "lest we forget the CANA website clearly states it's relationship to the AC as follows:
'At their meeting in September 2006, the Global South Primates of the Anglican Communion, who represent more than 70% of the active membership of the Communion, stated their conviction that "the time has now come to take initial steps towards the formation of what will be recognized as a separate ecclesiastical structure of the Anglican Communion in the USA." They are in close consultation with the Archbishop of Canterbury. The intention of the Primate of the Church of Nigeria and of the Missionary Bishop and other leadership of CANA is that it will serve as a transitional entity that may by God's grace be a building block for this new ecclesiastical structure.'
They are going forward as planned it would seem."
So Fr. Dan's suggestion that five diocese, his own included, are prepared to jump, CANA's read on the Global South Primates plan, the Invitation to the Minns Installation, which stresses that Archbishop Akinola is "Chairman of the Global South," and remembering the "swears" taken by the bishops at the meeting with the Global South Steering Committee in Virginia last November, the Installation may indeed be the context for a "next step" in the development of a "Province in the making."
What form that next step will take, who knows. Fr. Dan doesn't know, but may soon. I hope he will share his findings.
As I have noted on other occasions, there are now two bishops in CANA, three if the Bishop of Jos is counted. There could soon be more. Last week Bishop Frank Lyons took part in the first CANA ordinations. The birds are flocking together. Three is enough for trouble.
Meanwhile, the CANA website posts this remark, "At this time, CANA is larger than nearly 50 dioceses in The Episcopal Church in terms of weekend worship attendance." Still, a "diocese like" thing like CANA has no particular use for two or three bishops. This is all dress rehearsal for things to come.