Under the heading of dates on which significant damage to the Anglican Communion is done, we note the following:
On September 13, 2007 the CANA website posted this news:
"...the Primate, the Most Rev’d Peter J. Akinola, announced the election of four suffragan bishops and appointed them to serve in the USA. The bishops-elect are the Rev’d Canon Roger Ames (Akron, OH), the Rev’d Canon David Anderson (Atlanta, GA), the Ven. Amos Fagbamiye (Indianapolis, IN), and the Rev’d Canon Nathan Kanu (Oklahoma City, OK). The consecrations will take place in the USA before the end of 2007, at a date and place yet to be determined. These four bishops-elect will join Missionary Bishop Martyn Minns and Suffragan Bishop David Bena in providing an indigenous ecclesiastical structure for faithful Anglicans in this country."
On September 25, 2007 CANA issued the following notice:
With the election of four new bishops to advance the work of the Church, we look forward to a historic consecration in the US during Advent. To be sure that the CANA Council meeting and the consecration of bishops could be accomplished on the same trip for the entire CANA family, the dates for the Council meeting had to be changed from November 1-3 to December 6-8, 2007. Immediately following the Council (December 6-8), the consecration will be performed on Second Advent, December 9, 2007. Both events will be held in the northern Virginia region. The Council (December 6-8) will be hosted at Church of the Epiphany in Herndon, near Dulles Airport; stay tuned for an announcement regarding the site for the consecration (December 9)."
As yet there is no notice of the venue for the consecration, save that it will be in Virginia.
We note the following:
(i) The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has not heretofore consecrated bishops in the US for the US. Doing so violates Anglican practice in a way even more serious than even the ordination of Bishop Minns in Nigeria. Now there is no question that the Church of Nigeria is not in communion with The Episcopal Church and ready to establish an alternative Anglican presence in North America.
(ii) The consecration is contrary to the spirit of the efforts to hold the Communion together and a confirmation of recent comments from a high official of the Church of Nigeria that, ""We must forget about Britain and forget about the US."
(iii) CANA members might well rejoice at the selection of these four candidates, but it cannot have escaped them that they were elected and appointed in Nigeria for them, and not in any open way by them. It is, of course, perfectly within their rights to do so. However we might note that several congregational groups within CANA derived from churches with a proud history of participation in the formation of the church structures and leadership.
It is imperative that the Archbishop of Canterbury state unequivocal opposition to these ordinations. That of course assumes that communication still exists between the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Primate of Nigeria. Failure by the Church of Nigeria to reconsider its actions gives notice that indeed Nigeria has forgotten about Britian and the US.