(CEN) Chris Sugden and Vinay Samuel–What is the Anglican Consultative Council meeting for?

Despite past history the GAFCON Primates decided to attend the January meeting. They demonstrated a love for the unity of the Communion but on a basis of common faith. They have not yet given up on the Communion. But ACC’s actions so far confirm their suspicions that they are being misled and manipulated and even an orthodox Archbishop of Canterbury cannot stop it.

How can ACC not accept the Primates’ decision? Why is it arrogating such roles to itself? Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda are right in drawing a firm line on the sand. Their approach is principled, not managerial or political.

Politically, TEC holds powerful cards ”“ money, power, access, communication, control of the media and leverage. But did TEC accept the Primates decision in January in the light of what they look on as a replay in Lusaka?

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9 comments on “(CEN) Chris Sugden and Vinay Samuel–What is the Anglican Consultative Council meeting for?

  1. Karen B. says:

    [blockquote]While the ACC has synodical form with bishops, clergy and lay, it should not think of itself as the General Synod of the Communion. It does not make doctrinal decisions or define the mission of its member churches. Those decisions belong to the Lambeth Conference and the Primates’ Meeting.[/blockquote]

    Anglicans are an EPISCOPAL church for a reason. It’s not just about pageantry and ceremony. Bishops exist to guard the faith.

    Glad some people remember that.

  2. Jim the Puritan says:

    Karen B– Not to disagree with you, but that is also the vulnerability. If Satan corrupts the bishops, he can quickly corrupt the entire church. That’s essentially what we are seeing, plus the fact that the laity is intentionally kept ignorant of what Scripture teaches. A Biblically-literate and knowledgeable laity is needed to fight against spiritual corruption in the church.

  3. dwstroudmd+ says:

    The short answer is the ACC is for the colonial control of the Anglican Communion, to make sure the past is prologue to the correct future a la the Western imperialists.

  4. James Manley says:

    After reading the article, I can’t seem to find what it is that the ACC is actually for, what its purpose is. What does it do?

  5. Katherine says:

    I have long thought that the primary purpose of the ACC was to push liberal ideas on third-world provinces.

  6. pendennis88 says:

    Well, as I believe the AoC has pointed out, the ACC is just a registered charity organized in England and Wales in 2010. I’m not sure this charity has any authority by its own right. I think we are seeing provinces not recognizing it. And why should they?

  7. Fr. Dale says:

    Speaking of the ABC, why the silence about the ACC representation which includes TEC?

  8. tjmcmahon says:

    Fr Dale-
    Welby did make a statement- its loud and clear- he intends to do absolutely nothing. I think ++Mouneer spend the last couple weeks praying over this, and is now responding to it. Here is Welby’s letter to the Primates-

  9. Fr. Dale says:

    “Only those who are present will be able to make their voice heard.” I think those who have chosen not to attend have made their voice heard also…loud and clear!