The letter from the Primates of several Provinces to the twenty English Evangelical Bishops contained several tidbits of note:
(i) Like the GAFCON "Press Briefing" of February 1st, it was posted on the Province of Nigeria website. The briefing was by Archbishop Akinola speaking on behalf of GAFCON.
(ii) The letter from the Primates to the English Bishops spoke of "GAFCON bishops and primates" as the authors. This then is the close circle within the Global Anglican South who are proposing the alternative conference to Lambeth.
(iii) The "letterhead", at least on the web, is the symbol of the Anglican Communion. Anyone can use that symbol, but in this context it is a power symbol meant to make it clear that the GAFCON crowd believe they ARE valid spokespeople of the Communion.
(iv) The GAFCON writers make it clear that (a) The Archbishop of Canterbury no longer speaks for them, having not followed through with appropriate punishment of The Episcopal Church and (b) the Anglican Covenant is dead in the water as it now stands and Lambeth will not save it.
So there it is: Akinola is the lead on this; GAFCON is a way out of a Canterbury centered communion; they are working at being THE Anglican Communion in place of the Canterbury centered fellowship; the ABC and the Anglican Covenant are of no value.
Anyone know how to say "usurpation"?
Anyone interested in playing Nigerian power politics and calling it religion?
I thought not.