The Episcopal Church “cannot be kicked out of the Anglican Communion and will never be kicked out of the Anglican Communion,” the chairman of the Anglican Consultative Council told a seminary audience last week.
In a public conversation with the dean of the School of Theology of the University of the South held on 11 Feb 2016, the Rt. Rev. James Tengatenga said the legal and ecclesial structures of the Anglican Communion did not permit the primates, or any other “instrument of communion”, to discipline a member church.
Dr. Tengatenga said that in his view, the impression that the primates could take decisive action arose from a confusion of roles. In most provinces, bishops were tasked with preserving the doctrine and teaching of the church. When bishops gathered in mass in gatherings such as the Lambeth Conference, or when the leaders of provinces met at the primates meeting, the participants were often under the impression that their deliberations had the same standing as they would have in their home churches.
Of course we will wait and see, but the Chairman may have inside knowledge as to what TEc plans to do, and I suspect he is right that TEc will go ahead and vote on whatever issues the ACC has on its plate. This would be totally in keeping with the behavior of TEc who will earn more points in the voting for “Spoiled Child of the Aglican Communion”.
We all knew this was going to happen; but the liberals sure don’t waste any time do they?
Bishops are bishops in their home provinces but a UK registered charity named the Anglican Consultative Council is superior to them? This really makes no sense.
Like Father Jack in Craggy Island, former bishop Tengatenga occasionally lurches out of a stupor in the corner to say something unwelcome and embarrassing before collapsing back into his new life in a chair paid for by TEC.
Who is paying for Lusaka I wonder? The same party which paid the air fares to Canterbury?