From the Secretary General
Posted On : October 14, 2010 4:39 PM

The Secretary General writes: 'Many of you will have read the Archbishop of Canterbury's letter to the Anglican Communion issued at Pentecost last (28 May 2010). Part of that letter addresses the current and ongoing tensions in the Anglican Communion - these tensions cluster around the three moratoria referred to in the Windsor Report.

'In that letter the Archbishop made the following proposals:

"I am therefore proposing that, while these tensions remain unresolved, members of such provinces – provinces that have formally, through their Synod or House of Bishops, adopted policies that breach any of the moratoria requested by the Instruments of Communion and recently reaffirmed by the Standing Committee and the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order (IASCUFO) – should not be participants in the ecumenical dialogues in which the Communion is formally engaged. I am further proposing that members of such provinces serving on IASCUFO should for the time being have the status only of consultants rather than full members".
'At that time I wrote to the Primate of the Southern Cone, whose interventions in other provinces are referred to in the Windsor Continuation Group Report asking him for clarification as to the current state of his interventions into other provinces. I have not received a response.

'Consequently, I have written to the person from the Province of the Southern Cone who is a member of the Inter Anglican Standing Commission on Unity Faith and Order (IASCUFO), Bishop Tito Zavala, withdrawing his membership and inviting him to serve as a Consultant to that body.

'These decisions are not taken easily or lightly, but relate to the gracious restraint requested by successive meetings of the Instruments of Communion and the implications for Communion bodies when these requests are not honoured.'

The Revd Canon Dr. Kenneth Kearon.

COMMENT: Ah, yes. The old "sacrifice the most expendable of your mates" gambit. This bloke is so transparent he could star in a remake of "The Invisible Man."



  1. I admit to being a rough colonial sort and it is your language as I understand things It is after all called, “English.” None-the-less I have to ask, when did “request” become a synonym for “demand.”

    I have little sympathy for Southern Cone. They are however getting screwed here. It is as wrong to expel bishop Zavala as it was to expel the American members.

    And the absolute dishonesty calling it the “recently approved Standing Committee” when no one except its members and the thief of Canterbury have approved it. Why should Southern Cone which has not agreed to accept the committee’s authority be punished for not obeying its, “request?”

    Other than resigning, I cannot think of a thing Canon Kearson could do to make this better. But that would require a level of moral outrage that appears to elude him.


  2. Let me see now. The Episcopal Church (that is, the one that is mostly although not exclusively in the United States) is reduced to consultant status because we will not exterminate the gay cooties. The Anglican Church of the Southern Cone is reduced to consultant status because they will not quit poaching from their neighbors. The Anglican Church of Canada will no doubt be reduced to consultant status because they refuse to exterminate the gay cooties but, being Canadians, are too nice to say so. The Anglican Church of Australia will no doubt be reduced to consultant status because they will not exterminate the Diocese of Sydney. The Anglican Church of Mexico will no doubt be reduced to consultant status when it is discovered that the text of the Anglican Covenant that they endorsed actually had been translated “¿No podemos llevarnos bien?” And the Church of England will be reduced to consultant status when the Queen actually reads the Anglican Covenant and says, “We are not amused” (which is Queenly for “It ain’t gonna happen”). So that at the next meeting of the Anglican Poobahs it turns out that everyone there is just a consultant and no one is actually a member.

    I think I like this outcome.

  3. I completely agree with JCF here.

    WSJM, what you said represents a brilliance that will be hard to surpass —- by ANYONE.

    I bow in your direction!