Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Why the Virginia Installation is Significant

The Anglican Scotist explores the significance of Saturday's festivities from the perspective of conservatives, moderates, Canterbury and the House of Bishops. Here's his conclusion:

...Minns' premature installation is just what TEC's bishops need to yield interesting conversation with Williams during his brief visit. Is there any point to talking about the PV-scheme when we all know that whatvever TEC does, Akinola will continue to cross borders? The Communique is dead; what to talk about then? Supposing one of Williams' chief concerns is the unity of the CoE, and that his past capitulation to Akinola had the premise of Akinola's reliability in delivering that unity, can anyone really believe that premise now? In light of Minns' installation is Akinola a reliable party for anything so important? Or does he belong with Duncan and MacPherson as mere might-have-beens? Amazingly, Akinola and Minns may have managed what seemed impossible just a few weeks ago: simultaneously undermining their own claim to Williams' serious consideration and other conservative TEC leaders' claims to serious attention; the conservative cause just took a crushing body blow. Just maybe it is time for Williams to rethink his broader strategy, and our bishops can help him out a little.
If Akinola has not officially decided to break off and form his own thing by September, and Canterbury has not taken any steps toward holding him accountable for his actions, I'm not sure that the bishops have much to say to Dr. Williams anymore.


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