The ties that bind our Anglican Communion family are slowly coming untied

Dec 15, 2017 by

by David Virtue, VOL:

The Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Dr. Josiah Idowu-Fearon, reflects on how membership of the Communion is defined. We believe he is totally wrong in his description of who is, and who is not an Anglican.

There is much about our Anglican Communion which makes us unique. We are an extraordinary international family, bound together by faith in Jesus Christ and by our rich tradition, says Idowu-Fearon.

The See of Canterbury is one of the unique features which binds us together. At the Primates’ Meeting in October it was clear just how much Canterbury meant to those who came. For Anglicans, communion with the See of Canterbury — and with its Archbishop — is the visible expression of our communion with one another.

VOL: Realignment in the Communion is underway and won’t be stopped. It is a fiction to think otherwise. Communion with the See of Canterbury and with Justin Welby in particular, is now up for grabs.

In his advent letter to GAFCON, the Primate of Nigeria says: “the Jerusalem Statement and Declaration clarified that the Anglican Communion is not determined simply by relationship with the Archbishop of Canterbury”. However, the relationship with the See of Canterbury is essential for Anglicans. You cannot be in the Anglican Communion without it.

VOL: GAFCON primates would argue otherwise, and they will seriously consider if they need to stay connected to Canterbury when they meet in Jerusalem next year.

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