Witholding invitation to Minns is witholding invitation to all Nigerian Bishops – Akinola

May 22, 2007 by

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In response to requests for comments on the Lambeth Conference invitations, Archbishop Peter Akinola reaffirms that the Church of Nigeria is committed to the CAPA commissioned report “The Road to Lambeth” [Read here-> http://www.globalsouthanglican.org/index.php/comments/the_road_to_lambeth_presented_at_capa/]

Since only the first set of invitations had been sent, it is premature to conclude who will be present or absent at the conference. However, the withholding of invitation to a Nigerian bishop, elected and consecrated by other Nigerian bishops will be viewed as withholding invitation to the entire House of Bishops of the Church of Nigeria.

The Lord bless you as you remain in Christ

The Venerable AkinTunde Popoola
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BBC News reports:

The BBC News reports Canon Dr Chris Sugden “The quarrel is not with Gene Robinson but with the 60 bishops who consecrated him and indeed the leadership of the Episcopal Church. If the Archbishop was going to be just clear and transparent and honest he would not invite Gene Robinson or the 60 people who consecrated him.”

BBC Correspondent Robert Pigott observed “Perhaps most significantly Dr Williams inclusion of all the other bishops of the American Church even before they have agreed to the demands made by the Communion’s traditionalist majority in effect prolongs the survival of the divided Communion until next year’s Lambeth Conference at least.”

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