This just posted the 13th of September on the Church of Nigeria web pages:
"Four suffragan (assisting) bishops were also elected for CANA, the church’s mission in America."
The CANA website, in its Frequently Asked Questions section said this about new bishops for CANA:
"Q15. How will additional bishops be chosen?
- Nominees for bishops for CANA will be identified by the current CANA episcopate and the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, and elected by the House of Bishops of the Church of Nigeria. This will continue until a new ecclesiastical structure is fully matured and a provincial recognition established. It is anticipated that future consecrations will likely take place in the USA."
But here's what all this means: It means that CANA will have five bishops in the CCP mix, and fully enough to carry on its own episcopal lineage without anyone else if necessary.
Two questions: who are the four? I suspect Anderson, now a canon in the mix. Who else? We'll see.
Second: How is it possible for the Church of Nigeria to lay claim to any fidelity to Anglican polity or common life and do this sort of thing. This is a misurable business and a plague. It is all being done, as Bishop Orama and the Archbishop because, " CANA is the offshoot of the Church of Nigeria's response to the unbiblical agenda of the Episcopal Church of United States of America in supporting same sex marriage and consecrating in the year 2003 the publicly acknowledged gay priest V. Gene Robinson as bishop. The aim of CANA, in the words of the Primate of Church of Nigeria, The Most Revd. Peter J. Akinola is “to provide a safe place for those who wish to remain faithful Anglicans but can no longer do so within the Episcopal Church." That is, it is being done because Nigeria (and Minns the local manager) have determined that The Episcopal Church is the enemy, and that this spiritual warfare seems to need more bishops.
If the Archbishop of Canterbury does not speak up, and soon, there will be nothing to talk about in New Orleans next week except this: Whose side are you on?