Thursday, September 15, 2005

Nigeria Severs Ties to Canterbury

From the Church of Nigeria;

...With a careful rewording of her constitution, the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) redefined her relationship with all other Anglican Churches.

All former references to ‘communion with the see of Canterbury’ were deleted and replaced with another provision of communion with all Anglican Churches, Dioceses and Provinces that hold and maintain the ‘Historic Faith, Doctrine, Sacrament and Discipline of the one Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church’...
I suspect this constitutional change will be the model adopted by all those meeting in Alexandria next month to finalize their plans for schism. But Peter Akinola, the Archbishop, Primate, Metropolitan and Pope of All Nigeria, "denounced as speculation reports on the Internet that the meeting would decide on a break in the 77 million-strong Anglican Communion."

Then why the constitutional changes, Peter? And why do you claim the authority to decide who gets an invitation to the party in Alexandria? Trial balloon for your anticipated expanded pontifical power, perhaps?

In case readers have forgotten, Brazilian Bishop Calvacanti was the only foreign bishop to be involved in the irregular confirmations in Ohio last year. He is also the same foreign bishop who snatched up two parishes in the diocese of Olympia the day after the Windsor Report was released.

A tip of the biretta to Simon Sarmiento for pointing to the Nigerian press release.


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