The Limited Authority of the Anglican Consultative Council

Feb 5, 2016 by

By David Virtue, VOL: For years it has been assumed that of the four instruments that one — the Anglican Consultative Council — had the power to say who was in or out of the Anglican Communion. It was an assumption made first by Canon John L. Peterson, then Canon Kenneth Kearon who succeeded him and now Dr. Josiah Idowu-Fearon, the former Anglican Archbishop of the Province of Kaduna the present Secretary General of the ACC. One of the reasons then ACNA Archbishop Robert Duncan did...

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Where do we go from here?

Jan 26, 2016 by

By Martin Davie: Introduction In this post I am not going to add to the discussion about what took place at the meeting of the Anglican Primates a fortnight ago. This topic has already been extensively discussed by a large number of other commentators and I am not sure there is much more to say about it. What I am going to do in this post is instead to outline what I think are the key issues facing orthodox Anglicans as we move on to the next stage of the life of the Anglican Communion. We...

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A truly liberal society would tolerate the Anglican church’s views on sexuality

Jan 20, 2016 by

By James Mumford, Spectator: Given how apocalyptic the predictions were, Anglicanism’s make-or-break meeting about issues of human sexuality last week proved something of a damp squib. The Anglican Communion was supposed to be rent asunder. Upheaval was imminent. Schism was certain. Conservative African Archbishops were going to be tripping over their cassocks in the rush for the door. In the end, however, unity prevailed and the status quo was (boringly) upheld as the 36 primates gathered...

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‘Primates reaffirm teaching on marriage’ – encouragements and concerns.

Jan 19, 2016 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. In the immediate aftermath of the gathering of Anglican Primates last week, what are we to make of it all? In particular, how should orthodox, bible-believing Christians in this country, those in the Church of England and in other denominations, respond to the outcome? Some of the initial headlines suggested that all will be well for the Church, but a closer analysis shows that there are some real concerns going forward, as well as some encouragements....

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Reaffirming Communion: an Act of Hope

Jan 18, 2016 by

By Ephraim Radner, First Things: The extraordinary meeting of world Anglican leaders, organized by the Archbishop of Canterbury, has ended after five days of prayer and deliberation. The meeting’s outcome, articulated in a statement released Friday, has surprised many. When Archbishop Welby called for the meeting of Anglican Primates last September—the Primates are mostly archbishops who head their respective churches—the press billed the gathering as a “last ditch effort to save the Anglican...

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The Primates and the “reality” of the Anglican Communion

Jan 13, 2016 by

by Neil Dhingra, The Living Church: Earlier this month, the Episcopal priest Jesse Zink posted an interesting article that encouraged rather low expectations for the now ongoing Primates’ Meeting (“On beyond Primates“). Some of it is based on a historical claim, that “calling together a group of bishops has rarely been a good way of resolving conflict.” Zink also downgrades the present “conflict” behind the Primates’ Meeting, claiming that “contentious matters” and “differences” do not...

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