Living Church: Archbishop Venables Comments on the GAFCON Primates Communique

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The GAFCON primates have a number of questions they intend to ask during the next meeting of the primates which is tentatively scheduled to be held early in 2009. An exact date and location for the meeting has not yet been announced. Among the questions he and other GAFCON primates hope are discussed Bishop Venables said are what happened to the pastoral scheme that the primates proposed in their communiqué following the previous meeting of the primates in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in February 2007? Is that proposal dead and if so who made that decision?

Bishop Venables said he and several other primates’ council members have additional concerns about the format of the primates’ meeting as proposed by Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams in his post-Lambeth pastoral letter to Anglican bishops. The proposal to include Indaba small-group discussion was a particular concern, Bishop Venables added.

“I think it is up to the primates to decide how they are going to do things,” he said. “I don’t think we can be told ahead of time what type of meeting we are going to have or how we are going to talk.”

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Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalAnglican ProvincesCono Sur [formerly Southern Cone]Global South Churches & PrimatesGAFCON I 2008

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1. DonGander wrote:

AB Venables:

Is that proposal dead and if so who made that decision?

Who is accountable? Who is acting like an ABC?

Don

August 29, 5:06 pm | [comment link]
2. Marcia wrote:

The ABC wants to become APope Rowan I.  He is playing First Without Equals, and trying to set up his own Vatican City equivalent.

He needs to remember that the first Lambeth Conference was called after (because?) a British court ruled that the ABC has no power except where the PM has power.  Anywhere else they are both limited to having influence.

August 29, 5:19 pm | [comment link]
3. Br. Michael wrote:

Among the questions he and other GAFCON primates hope are discussed Bishop Venables said are what happened to the pastoral scheme that the primates proposed in their communiqué following the previous meeting of the primates in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in February 2007? Is that proposal dead and if so who made that decision?

The ABC unilateraly killed it.

August 29, 5:19 pm | [comment link]
4. Marcia wrote:

The biggest difference between the two plans is how many of the people the ABC picks - only one, or every one.

August 29, 5:27 pm | [comment link]
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