In a statement issued by Archbishop Peter Akinola, chair of the GAFCON Primates, an organization of self appointed guardians of Anglicanism in the Global South and elsewhere, he pins the need for the Apostolic Constitution on Anglican Groups squarely on the failure of the "instruments of Communion to do their job in disciplining The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada.
"We are, however, grieved that the current crisis within our beloved Anglican Communion has made necessary such an unprecedented offer. It represents a grave indictment of the Instruments of Communion whose very purpose is to strengthen and protect our unity in obedience to our Lord’s clear command. Their failure to fully address the abandonment of biblical faith and practice by The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada has now brought shame to the name of Christ and seriously impedes the cause of the Gospel."
The indictment of the Instruments of Communion is preparation for the next round - the argument by the Global South Primates and others that the Anglican Communion as currently organized is not able to provide the unity needed. It will remain for the GAFCON Primates to provide an alternative structure for a world wide Anglican Church, using the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FOCA) which exists in one form or another of organization now in the US, Canada, England and South Africa.
This new Anglican Church will subscribe to the Jerusalem declaration, recognize ACNA, build its own structures, and dismiss the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lambeth Conference, those bishops who don't buy in, and laugh the Anglican Consultative Council out of the hall. It will pay lip service to the Anglican Covenant believing that the Covenant will be eviscerated by the west, whose dentists will pull out its teeth of judgment and whose surgeons will cut out its purity of heart.
It will turn its gaze South and locate its offices there. Often in the past few years Alexandria, Egypt has been mentioned, but who knows?
But in terms of the latest from Rome, it will use the fact of this offer as one more example of incompetence by the Instruments of Communion and the whole of the Anglican Communion in its westward decadence.
Isn't it nice to hear Akinola's voice again? He's been quiet, what with his successor having been elected in Nigeria and others carrying the load.
But he is back, and will be looking for a new job one of these days. If the deposed bishop of Pittsburgh can become an Archbishop of something perhaps the retired Archbishop of Nigeria can become a super Metropolitan.
Stranger things have happened. Yes?
This is not what Jesus had in mind. I am sure of it.
The Global South Primates met in late October and issued this statement "A Pastoral Exhortation to the Faithful in the Anglican Communion" It is considerably more polite.Oddly, Archbishop Akinola is also chair of the GS Primates as well. Ah, how odd it is.