CoE Synod Vote on ACNA: Roundup of Early Reactions (UPDATED)
Matt is not impressed:
It’s difficult to get too excited one way or the other. I, personally speaking, have little desire to remain “within the Anglican family” if it is led by Canterbury and requires assent to the covenant.
Peter Ould, however, is impressed:
There’s no other way to read this motion except that the Synod of the Church of England is fully in line with the desire of ACNA to be part of the Communion, and recognising that this stance has issues has asked the Archbishops to report back next year on how to go about helping the ACNA be part of the Communion. The motion is a firm slap on the hand to TEC’s wish to marginalise ACNA and to have the Church of England treat them as “schismatics”. That approach was squarely dismissed and with it the notion that TEC and the ACoC are the exclusive representation of the Communion in North America.
As is BabyBlue:
The key words here are “recognize” and “affirm” and “remain.” It puts forward a process as the Archbishop of Canterbury requested yesterday and it has a target date for a report for the next steps. This is the most excellent news. It really laid the line where we go from here - the whole thing could have been voted down and that would have been devastating for the ACNA.
UPDATE: The Anglican Church in North America responds:
The Most Rev. Robert Duncan, archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America, thanked Mrs. Lorna Ashworth of Chichester for bringing the church to the attention of the General Synod. “We are very grateful to Mrs. Ashworth and the scores of other friends in the Synod of the Church of England for all they did to give us this opportunity to tell our story to the mother church of the Anglican Communion. It is very encouraging that the synod recognizes and affirms our desire to remain within the Anglican family.” said Archbishop Duncan.
Scott Gunn seems not to like it, and while I like Scott personally, I take his dislike of the outcome as a generally good sign:
I’ll have more to say soon about General Synod’s passage of the ACNA motion as amended. My quick somment [sic] is that Synod displayed a shocking lack of awareness of what this would mean in the US. They also seem to live in a cloud of ignorance about what’s coming their way when secessionists move into London.
Still on Patrol says:
My analysis of this starts with the thought that the C of E passed something expressing generally positive sentiments toward ACNA, which has probably infuriated the Presiding Heretic, which by definition is a good thing. In other words, ACNA’s existence was not rejected out of hand by the mother Church, which is, in a sense, a form of recognition in and of itself, which is the last thing TEO wants.
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