Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Traditionalists "sack" the Archbishop of Canterbury...
This sort of posturing is nothing new. Right back in 2004 when Gene Robinson was consecrated there were dark mutterings that you did not have to go through Canterbury to reach Jesus. There is no central control in Anglicanism, there is no Papal Magisterium as there is in Roman Catholicism. Each provinces has its own autonomy, the Archbishop of Canterbury has to rule through mutual respect and the historic nature of the office rather than the ability to wield brute force. Although Canterbury has been looked to to "police" the Communion, in truth it has no such powers. The gap between the actual and perceived power of Canterbury has been part of the difficulty and source of frustration in this whole sorry rift and the Anglican Covenant has failed to bridge that gap.
In spite of all the speeches, the announcement of the GAFCON conference in May 2013 and the announcement that FOCA is now not just going to "stay away" but will "develop new structures", it is clearly still the same train crash in slow motion.
How these christians love one another!