[Canon Phil Ashey] The Primates’ Authority does not depend on Canterbury

I want to commend the statement issued by Archbishop Mouneer Anis, Presiding Bishop of Jerusalem and the Middle East, “Does the Primates meeting have any authority?”. Archbishop Mouneer issues a robust defense of the authority of the Primates’ meeting to oversee the relationships between Anglican provinces with regards to doctrinal, moral and pastoral issues.
The Communion’s Primates are NOT impotent when the Archbishop of Canterbury fails to respond publicly to the Anglican Consultative Council’s public repudiation of Primatial authority. What do the Primates do when the Archbishop of Canterbury remains silent in the face of such a public repudiation of their “enhanced responsibility”? Do they simply wring their hands? Must they remain silent until he speaks””IF he ever decides to speak? Of course not. That is why the Primates of the three largest Churches in the Anglican Communion”“Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda””have spoken so clearly. They understand that their Primatial authority or “enhanced responsibility” to guard the faith and order of the Churches of the Anglican Communion derives from their office as “Principal Bishops” of their Churches, and not from Canterbury. Primates can and do act whether the Archbishop of Canterbury calls them together or not, whether he speaks up for them and their collegial mind and decision making””or not, as Archbishop Welby has chosen to do.

The enhanced responsibility of the Primates to guard the faith and order of the Churches of the Anglican Communion is more than moral and persuasive. It is an ancient principle in Church law..

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One comment on “[Canon Phil Ashey] The Primates’ Authority does not depend on Canterbury

  1. William P. Sulik says:

    Like it or not, the ABC has abdicated his position as the leader of the Anglican Communion. This is not something which Justin Welby has done on his own, although he had the opportunity to restore the position to its place. Rather than stand up to the forces of the world, like St. Thomas Becket, he has capitulated. The position of leadership has moved and Archbishop Mouneer Anis is now the [i]primus inter pares[/i].

    There is a remnant in the Middle East, Africa, and the Global South. There is even a remnant in England. I would love to see Justin forsake the world and join that remnant. As Ezra prayed:

    [blockquote]7 From the days of our fathers to this day we have been in great guilt. And for our iniquities we, our kings, and our priests have been given into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, to plundering, and to utter shame, as it is today. 8 But now for a brief moment favor has been shown by the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant and to give us a secure hold within his holy place, that our God may brighten our eyes and grant us a little reviving in our slavery. [/blockquote]

    Ezra 9:7-8, English Standard Version