Gafcon Bishop loses his Permission to Officiate

Jul 29, 2017 by

Church of England Newspaper report.

[…] A spokesperson for the Diocese of Southwark told The Church of England Newspaper this week: “All PTOs in the Diocese of Southwark fall due for renewal on 30 June each year.Andy Lines wrote to explain that he had moved his canonical residence to the Anglican Church in North America and in view of this change in circumstance his PTO has not been renewed.”

Supporters of Gafcon in the UK expressed their surprise this week at the move, and is likely to inflame still further the discontent conservative evangelicals feel with the leadership of the Church.

Many are unhappy at two recent votes on General Synod – one on so-called conversion therapy for people with ‘unwanted same-sex attraction’ and a second authorising liturgies to mark a person’s gender transition.

A vote last month by the Scottish Episcopal Church to permit same-sex weddings in churches had been anticipated by the Gafcon group, who moments after the vote announced that Andy Lines would be consecrated as their missionary bishop for Anglicans in Scotland, the UK and Europe.

He was duly consecrated as a bishop by the Anglican Church in North America’s (ACNA) College of Bishops.

This week the director of Reform, Susie Leafe, commented: “It is extraordinary that the Bishop of Southwark would wish to prevent a godly, mission-minded man like Andy Lines from ministering in the diocese.”

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