ROWAN WILLIAMS KICKS OUTSOUTHERN CONE WITH FLAKE

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 "get rid of the most expendable of your mates" gambit. this bloke is so transparent he could star in a remake of "The Invisible Man."

Comments

ROWAN WILLIAMS KICKS OUTSOUTHERN CONE WITH FLAKE — 9 Comments

  1. you are kidding right? So. Cone has been making life miserable for other Provinces for years – about time as far as can tell.

  2. At first I thought, “About time,” since he had already kicked us off, but the other side always seemed to get off scot-free. On second thought, I felt, “Who made him the Anglican Pope?” He didn’t have the right to do either one. He simply does not have that authority. Both sides need to tell him “Sit down and shut up.” They also need to read the handwriting on the wall and deep-six the Covenant.

  3. I’m with you on this, BooCat.

    And notice how the big wimp has kicked out some poxy little province with less members than Newcastle Diocese. I don’t see Uganda and Nigeria being kicked off any committees even though they have been poaching in TEC territory far more voraciously than teenie weenie Southern Cone with flake.

  4. I agree with you boocat. In fact my blog on the subject says that. In my view the fact that I do not think Southern Cone is a good bunch does not mean that the ABC or his minions should be banning its clergy.

    FWIW
    jimB
    essaysbyjim.blogspot.com

  5. Way too little, too late.

    You are very right, MP. This is, “See! I’m not a hypocrite! I’m really holding everyone responsible!”

    Except Uganda, Nigeria, and on and on.

  6. As Mark Harris has observed, there is something strange the idea that “requests” that are not obeyed resulting in consequences. It seems that these requests are really commands.