Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Attitude is everything
So, the latest from The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) is this: the American and Canadian Church is a cancerous lump that needs to be removed. Archbishop Akinola has already shown us that being English or related to the Church of England has nothing to do with being Anglican which turns out to be a good thing because if Bishops from the cancerous lumps (which also include England, Scotland and New Zealand) show up to Lambeth, then the real Anglicans will go someplace and meet where all real Anglicans meet--Lagos, I suppose. And there's more.
It is very clear that no amount of accomodation and dialogue will make Akinola and his sort happy. They want their own church and they want it now. They don't want to wait for a listening process--what's there to listen to, they're right! They don't want an Anglican Covenant process. They want what they want when they want it.
Actually, if this keeps up, it will make the Anglican Covenant process easy. The Archbishop of Canterburgy won't have to decide because they will leave the Communion on their own accord. Maybe they will take a few American parishes (and even a few former dioceses, too.) They will call their own Lambeth Conference. They will have their own missionary districts and dioceses. They will have their own prayer book. Their attitude will make things at once easy and difficult for the rest of us.
And the Rest of Us will be able to form an Anglican Covenant that makes real, actual sense.