[Canon Phil Ashey] Update: Forgery and False Pretenses on the eve of the ACC-16 meeting

Just when you thought Godly order couldn’t unravel any further, it appears that it has. According to an article published on Anglican Ink, a fraudulent letter was posted on the Anglican Church of Kenya’s website, with Archbishop Wabukala’s digital signature, purporting to reverse his public decision not to send a delegation from the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) to the meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council which begins today.
These facts are troubling and invite obvious questions: Who had access to Archbishop Wabukala’s digital signature in such a way that they could forge such a letter? Who did so? Did they have help from others within the Provincial Office or with whomever is responsible for the website? What did Bishop Waweru know about this letter? Exactly what representations did he make to the lay and clergy delegates from Kenya? At least one blogger has noticed that the language in the forged letter is partially lifted from Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s letter imploring Churches to attend ACC-16. If this is so, did the Anglican Communion Office have any role in this forgery?

There is a larger question as well: What does this forgery, the gift of airplane tickets, assignments from ACC-16 and false pretenses under which some delegates from Kenya have come to ACC-16 say about the mind of the Anglican Consultative Council? What does it say about their public intent to overrule and usurp the authority of the Primates in order to pursue their own agenda? And to do so by overreaching the clear limits of their “advisory” authority as I have written below?

Finally, as Archbishop Wabukala notes in his April 6 letter, what does the deafening silence of the Archbishop of Canterbury ”“ in the face of these and other facts ”“ say about his leadership of the Anglican Communion?

The Apostle Paul wouldn’t hesitate a moment to give his opinion:

“Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:2 NIV

It is time for Anglicans everywhere to wake up and walk in the light (I John 1:7).

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Posted in * Anglican - Episcopal, Anglican Primates, Primates Gathering in Canterbury January 2016