Immediately upon the deposition of Robert Duncan, formerly diocesan bishop of Pittsburgh, a blog site went up to record support for him. In Support of Bishop Duncan
The Global South Anglican web pages has also indicated support for Robert Duncan in several postings: HERE recorded the support of thirteen persons and one synod (Nelson in New Zealand). As of October 6 the site is taking no new comments., HERE, and HERE. All told those references include one Province (SE Asia), CANA and perhaps 5 more individuals.
Obviously there were others in support. Andrew Carey wonders why more evangelical bishops have not stated their support for Robert Duncan. You can read his comments HERE.
At any rate, the blog is closing down, Duncan, now bishop in the Province of the Southern Cone, has moved on from any concern about his deposition.
One down and back up again (but how can you tell?)
The GAFCON web pages were down for six days or so. It's hard to know just what was going on, but they are back up. Nothing new, save the statement of the GAFCON Primates Council concerning the deposition of Robert Duncan. That came out on September 30 and is posted on the GAFCON website on October 1. But the site itself was down for several more days in October. It doesn't matter much. GAFCON's last posting was more than a month ago (August 22nd). There has been no notice of the number of people, parishes, dioceses, etc, that have "joined" the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans. Is this because there have been too few or too many? Well, we will know when they want to let us know.
FOCA, by the way, is yet one more affinity group using words to get us used to the idea that there can be something like "confessing Anglicans." It is the same gambit used way back in the formation of the Network of Anglican Communion Parishes and Dioceses. Here is what the Anglican Communion Network said about its beginning:
The Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes—usually referred to as the Anglican Communion Network, or ACN—was officially launched on January 20, 2004, at the Network's Organizing Convocation held at Christ Church, Plano, Texas. It was organized as a network of "confessing" dioceses and congregations within ECUSA, and the first meeting included representatives from 12 Episcopal dioceses, as well as individuals from geographic regions and one non geographic area that were designated as convocations."
Back then in 2003-4 there was talk that the notion of a "confessing" group was somehow like the confessing church in Germany. That got quickly dropped when it was pointed out that Bishop Duncan and the others were not in the same league as, say, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and that whatever the sins of the Episcopal Church etc, it was no Fascist Germany.
So the "Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans" gets put in place to further the idea that real, true Anglicans willing to confess the Lord Jesus Christ (unlike their institutionally corrupt western bretheren) are gathering, willing to be martyred, willing to suffer for the cause of victory, etc. FOCA is a propaganda arm of the new truth: that there is out there an improved and refined form of Anglicanism that is the true Anglican presence in the world and that it is the inheritor of the good name Anglican.
The reason why the GAFCON web pages has little to say is that GAFCON was a conference. FOCA is not a real entity and can be kissed good by with ease. The GAFCON website will be replace by something else... The Primates Council page? Who knows. But finally it will be the new improved Anglican Communion page. The Presiding Bishop will not be listed, nor will the Primate of Canada, nor the Archbishop of Wales or the Primus of Scotland. Oh well.
Primate Akinola, shut down that site.
One gone the way of good hopes.
I started a second blog called "Anglican Communion Redux." For a giddy moment I thought we might be turning the tide and there would be new "robust" articles and commentary that I would like to post along with comments from self and others that would "accuant the positive, and eliminate the negative." The problem is that what that work is being done, it looks more and more likely that when this is all over there will be two different Anglican fellowships: One that is roughly the Anglican Communion as a fellowship with very few strings but lots of historical ties and bonds of affection, and the other bundled together by covenant, stringent application of fundamentalist principles and religious purity. The first will be the Anglican Communion. The second will be the World Wide Anglican Church.
They can have the WWAChurch. As for me and my family, we will continue as part of the Anglican Communion an gather wherever we are invited.
I am shutting down Anglican Communion Redux for a long while. It will return, perhaps in another form when the current miserable entanglements have been resolved.
It was a nice idea. RIP.