When he says broken communion, he means broken
Peter Akinola, primate (head) of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, is boycotting a meeting of his fellow Anglican church leaders because one of the attendees is Frank Griswold, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church USA.
"Akinola has told friends that to attend the week-long gathering of primates and senior Church members would be a betrayal of his views and those of a majority of Anglicans worldwide," London's Telegraph reports.
One of Akinola's cohorts, Primate of Central Africa Bernard Malango, will attend the meeting, "but only after issuing a scathing attack on the American Church," says the Telegraph.
Telegraph religion writer Jonathan Petre says Akinola's "snub is the most dramatic indication yet of the splits at the heart of the worldwide Church, and it will fuel speculation that Archbishop Akinola is prepared to break away and lead a rival Anglican Church."
Yeah, especially if one of the U.K.'s largest newspapers spins the story that way. Let's be clear. In Akinola's view—and those of many orthodox Anglicans around the world—Griswold and the Episcopal Church USA broke away when it approved an actively homosexual bishop. In this perspective, it's ECUSA that's leading a rival Anglican church.
A commission set up by the primates last October is due to report in another seven months on what to do about ECUSA's breach of church teachings and the orthodox primates' opposition to it. The primates have encouraged all Anglicans not to act "precipitately" in the meantime, but that doesn't mean that church leaders won't continue to make their views known.
And it won't just be senior church leaders abroad. The Washington Times reports today that Thomas W. Logan Jr., rector of Calvary ...1
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