Well, here it is. The Church of Nigeria has been very quiet of late, but has awakened, and the Rev. Canon Martyn Minns, late of The Episcopal Church and seen at General Convention has been elected by the Church of Nigeria as a bishop for CANA. Here is the notice from the Church of Nigeria web pages.
The Rev Canon Martyn Minns of Truro Parish in Virginia, USA was also elected Bishop in the Church of Nigeria for the missionary initiative of the Church of Nigeria called Convocation of Anglican Churches in North America (CANA).
I wish Canon Minns well as he leaves the Episcopal Church for duties with a church that has broken communion with The Episcopal Church. The Archbishop has made a mess, and we will have to clean up after him. CANA started out as the Convocation of Anglican Nigerians in America and has been transfigured into the Convocation of Anglican Churches in North America. By this the Church of Nigeria moved from protection of its own to become a tent for others.
Can greater confusion be far behind?
From the Living Church website, this quote from Archbishop Akanola:
“We have deliberately held back from this action until now because of our hope that The Episcopal Church USA would heed the cry of the Anglican Communion as expressed in the essential elements of the Windsor Report and the Dromantine Communiqué,” said the Most Rev. Peter Akinola, Primate of Nigeria, in a press release. “The elections and actions of their 75th General Convention, however, make it clear that far from turning back they are even more committed to pursuing their unbiblical revisionist agenda.
“We believe we are continuing the tradition of missionary bishops that has always been an essential part of Anglicanism and which the Church of Nigeria has embraced in response to the 1988 Lambeth Conference Call for a Decade of Evangelism.”
The planning for all this has been going on for some time, just as was the immediate stepping away of the Network following passage of B033 and the end of Convention, just as was the ratched up statements of the Network and the AAC. The immediate (within twenty-four hours) meeting of standing committees in Pittsburgh and San Joaquin following the Archbishop's "reflections" means the network folk were just waiting for the right moment, and vola, here it is.
And Nigeria and Minns are doing what was in many places predicted (including this site). They have been planning for some time to elect bishops for the US CANA project. The same gang that worships the Windsor Report will now worship the Archbishop's good, but not great, reflections. Idolatry is on the march. But the walls will not come tumblin' down, 'cause these folks are not tooting the horn of Joshua, or shouting the Lord's song.
Will the Archbishop of Canterbury ever tell Nigeria to stop? Inquiring minds and hearts want to know.
Kind of makes one want to cry. For a wonderful commentary on it all, see Fr. Jake Stops the World (as indeed he does.)