BabyBlue Cafe posted a large portion of an interview by Christianity Today with deposed Bishop Robert Duncan, who will be identified here as the Moderator of the Common Cause Partnership. The full interview is HERE.In case you were wondering what will be under the tree for all of us in Anglican-land this Christmas, take a look see from the interview (emphasis mine):
"Q: Are you confident that there will be a new province for the North American Anglicans a year from now? And are you the most likely person to be the primate of that province?
A: The simple answers are yes and yes. I do believe that the Common Cause partners will put everything in place that we need to put in place by Christmas. The time has come. In terms of my leadership I think I understand, and those who put me in this place understand, that in this particular moment my task, my call has been to bring the partners to a place, to the creation of a province and to the beginning of its life, and then I'll be happy to give it over as soon as it's clear that I'm not called to do it anymore. We will operate in a way in which the primate of the province is a diocesan bishop, will serve for a term, and may be reelected for a term. Then another will take up that primacy."
This is not unsurprising and continues the trajectory already laid out in the steady march to this moment.
The Christianity Today interview is filled with reaffirmations of what is already known as part of the Moderator's talking points:
(i) The "first among equals" idea, as applies to the Archbishop of Canterbury, is under attack from the realignment folk. This is one of those issues where some progressive and realignment folk both are in opposition.
(ii) The Moderator of the CCP had hoped that the Anglican Communion would simply recognize the North American Province to be put together as holding the "Anglican franchise" here.
(iii) The Moderator believes that his deposition was shocking and sobering and more important than most people would assume.
(iv) The Moderator believes that what is emerging is a post-colonial Anglicanism with a conciliar structure.
(v) He believes that what is going on is a great reformation in the Christian West.
It is hard to know which is the worse news: That the emergence of a new ecclesial structure calling itself the real Anglicans, just in time for Christmas or the realization that the Moderator believes many things, only a few of which make much sense.