Fr. Jake, over at “Fr. Jake Stops the World” observes:
“… has anyone else noticed that we no longer hear much about Archbishop Akinola of Nigeria? Not too long ago, he was being touted as the possible leader of a new Communion. Now he is rarely mentioned. How come?”
In a AnglicanTV video of a statement by Bishop Duncan at the Anglican Relief and Development Fund meeting in Virginia he is seen sitting on the dias. But the statement of that meeting released on the Global South webpages does not mention him specifically and the statement does not come out under his name as president.
The Province of Nigeria website version of that same statement is followed by this note: “Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria is the current President of the Global South Steering Committee.” That meeting was held November 15-17. The press release on that meeting is the last item posted on the Province of Nigeria website as of tonight (December 6).
Fr. Jake is right. What’s up? And, for that matter, what’s up with Bishop Stanton, last heard of when he stepped back from the request for alternative primatial oversight. And we have heard very little from most of the Network Bishops save Bishops Schofield, Iker and Duncan.
My sense is it is premature to believe that the unity wished for by the Global South Steering Committee in their meeting in Virginia has collapsed. The grasping at the Southern Cone by Bishop Schofield is perhaps simply part of his continued wishful thinking colluded with by Presiding Bishop Venables of Argentina. We shall see.
But Fr. Jake is right. Where’s the rest of the crowd?