Autumn meetings may further Anglican Communion fracture

Further developments in the threat to create a split in the Anglican Communion can be expected to take place at three meetings taking place this Autumn. Discussion of a possible Anglican split is expected to take place at a meeting of the national synod of Nigeria which begins on Saturday 10 September. The next meeting is of Africa’s primates in Tanzania from September 19 to 22. Finally, the special international conference for conservative Anglicans is being held in Cairo, Egypt, beginning on 25 October.

On Thursday 8 September the Archbishop of Nigeria, Peter Akinola and the Archbishop of Uganda, Henry Luke Orombi, made further critical comments about the Church of England House of Bishops statement on the Civil Partnership law.

At a news conference Archbishop Akinola reaffirmed his stand on gay issues and said: “If England adopts a new faith, alien to what has been handed to us together, they will walk apart. Simple as that,”

Archbishop Orombi said that Akinola “speaks for all of us” who lead the self-governing Anglican branches in Africa. “We see a different direction taking place” in England, he said, and “we can only pray and hope they do not walk away.”

The two archbishops were in New York to receive awards from the online magazine Kairos Journal for “their bold and consistent stand” against the U.S. and Canadian churches. Honoured with them were Archbishops Gregory Venables of the Southern Cone and Datuk Yong Ping Chung of South East Asia. The magazine’s publisher, retired American Standard Companies president Emmanuel Kampouris, said he hoped the awards would encourage Anglicans and others “fighting for orthodoxy.”

None of the visitors met with Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold of the Episcopal Church of the USA.

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