GAFCON Leaders say no break with Canterbury

May 31, 2018 by

By David W. Virtue, DD

When some 2,000 orthodox Anglican leaders meet in Jerusalem two weeks from now, they will once again affirm that they will not break with Canterbury, but at the same time make absolutely clear that the Communion is broken and efforts to fix it by compromising on essentials will not work.

It will be a variation of a scene from the movie Fatal Attraction – the two groups will live unhappily under the one roof till Western progressive Anglicanism withers and dies.

The third Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) will be held in Jerusalem from Sunday June 17 to 22nd and will draw a record 2,000, up from 1,100 delegates in 2008 and 1,500 in 2013.

The old forms of governance within the Anglican Communion — the Primates’ Meeting, the Anglican Consultative Council and the Lambeth Conference of bishops, all of which the Archbishop of Canterbury is central in – are becoming increasingly compromised, say its leaders, a message that Archbishop Justin Welby certainly doesn’t want to hear.

They say his leadership is “compromised”. Looking back, it is clear that Archbishop Justin Welby’s apparent success in gathering nearly all the Primates of the Communion in Canterbury in 2016 was short lived, say GAFCON leaders.

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