Following up on my earlier post in which I asked "Is Julian Linnell an ACNA member of an Anglican Communion group?" the answer appears to be "yes." Thanks to several readers who found additional information on this.
The two trails leading to this conclusion are (i) Dr. Linnell is named as a member of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh on its website, and (ii) his name is found on the list of priests and deacons "granted release from licensed ministry" published in the preconvention materials of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh in 2010. (p. D14)
There is every reason to believe then that Dr. Linnell is a member of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh and therefore is a priest in a diocese of the Anglican Church in North America and by rather extraordinary logic also a member of the clergy of a diocese in the Province of the Southern Cone. His only link to the Anglican Communion is by way of the Southern Cone and that link provides little safety.
In my previous post I wrote,
"... if he is part of ACNA, the Anglican Communion Evangelism office has appointed a member of ACNA to one of its groups, the Evangelism and Church Growth Initiative.
Given that TEC members of several committees have been dismissed or reduced to consultant status, it seems worth noting that ACNA has a priest on an Anglican Communion panel.
Again, as relates to the concerns of Evangelism and Church Growth, there is no reason not to have members of churches not part of the Anglican Communion as a member of this initiative. But it would appear that if he is from such a church, he is the only one the list who is....
If he is, then the Anglican Communion Office ought to have noted the fact.
For a Church that often exemplifies the niceties of formal relationships and for an Archbishop who is so concerned not to have members of a church that is unrepentant of Windsor demands part of its ecumenical work, there seems to be no parallel concern about having members of churches not in communion with Canterbury and schismatic part of a working group of the Anglican Communion."
The question is, does the Anglican Communion Office even know that Dr. Linnell is a priest in ACNA? And if they know it have they made him part of this initiative because he is a member from another church , one not in communion with Canterbury, with specific skills or information they needed for their initiative, or because they believe him to be a priest in a diocese of the Southern Cone?
Again, this is not about Dr. Linnell or Anglican Frontier Missions, it is about the Anglican Communion policies concerning inclusion on Anglican Communion bodies.
It is more than strange that members of The Episcopal Church get bounced from ecumenical conversations and that ACNA members get included in evangelical and church growth initiatives.