Wednesday, 10 February 2010

ACNA's aspirations recognised and will be explored further

There have been some misleading headlines from conservatives proclaiming that the ACNA has been "recognised" or is now an accepted part of the Anglican Communion! A careful perusal of the actual wording of the amended motion allows for a more cautious interpretation. Synod has recognised "the desire" of the ACNA to remain within the Anglican family - yes, a bit rich as in my view they walked out ( but, hey, I am biased.)The "aspirations" of the ACNA ( don't you love that?) will be "explored further" as they do "raise issues." Overall, this adds up to some very tentative wording. I am not sure it is good news, but it is hardly a ringing endorsement!

For the record the exact wording of the amended motion, which was carried by Synod, is:

'That this Synod

(a) aware of the distress caused by recent divisions within the Anglican churches of the United States of America and Canada;

(b) recognise and affirm the desire of those who have formed the Anglican Church in North America to remain within the Anglican family;

(c) acknowledge that this aspiration, in respect both of relations with the Church of England and membership of the Anglican Communion, raises issues which the relevant authorities of each need to explore further; and

(d) invite the Archbishops to report further to the Synod in 2011.'

Do you think they know that there are so many organisations out there that boast the same acronym? It would be a lot more fun if Synod recognised the aspirations of the Antiques and Collectibles National Association or, better still, the Association des Centres Naturistes Affilies!

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