His mother would be proud. Bishop Gregory Venables, a citizen of the United Kingdom, has emerged as a spokesperson for the Global South rescue effort to save the poor and huddled Anglican masses in North America. One can see it all in an interview with the Anglican Journal.
He is saving them from the awful prospect of leadership that he claims denies the lordship of Jesus Christ, the uniqueness of that position, and the faith once delivered to the saints. And, oh yes, from the invasion of queer people in ordained ministry and the episcopacy.
Bishop Venables is not from the Global South. He is British. The Province of the Southern Cone has Episcopal leadership that is only partially from the Global South. The Province of the Southern Cone is the missionary effort primarily of the evangelical wing of the Church of England and notably of SAMS – The South American Missionary Society. While it has done some quite wonderful work it has not been the expansive success that evangelicals everywhere claim for their efforts.
Bishop Venables has taken on the Anglican Church of Canada by way of surrogates – Bishops Harvey and Harding, retired and now resigned of the ACofC. They have two parishes now in their purview. The Anglican Journal
noted that "The two churches that have joined are not members of the Anglican Church of Canada, although they had their roots in Anglican congregations."
This bishop, who is not from the Global South, not a rousing success as a missionary presence, and primate of one of the smallest of the provinces of the communion, and is a classic example of colonial Anglican missionary engagement has had the audacity to say that the Anglican Church of Canada is practicing either denial or hypocrisy, according to the Anglican Journal. Well, denial and hypocrisy comprise a feast best cooked up in one's own home.
The good bishop has singlehandedly broken with the Windsor Report's recommendations, the fellowship of the Anglican Communion and ancient tradition. As a special add-on he has misrepresented himself as somehow speaking from the Global South. He is a British agent of the Evangelical wing of the Church of England operating in South America for the good of the cause.
When is the Archbishop of Canterbury going to speak out against the actions of this spoiler? When will there be any recognition that the ecclesiastically pleasant and well intoned British sounds are a cover for a militant and repressive vision?
Bishop Venables seems a charming man and an intelligent one. Appearances can be deceiving. The man is a wolf in wolf's clothing.