April 16, 2004


Archbishops reject US cash in gay clergy row ( Jonathan Petre, The Telegraph, 17/04/2004)

African archbishops representing more than half the worldwide Anglican Church are to refuse millions of pounds a year from their US counterparts in protest at its first openly gay bishop.

The conservative archbishops, who opposed the consecration of Canon Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire in November, said that they would not sacrifice their faith and conscience on the altar of money.

Their action will be seen as another step towards schism over the issue of homosexuality. Many of them are disillusioned with the efforts of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, to keep the worldwide Church together, and they are making preparations for a rival Church with an alternative leader.

The most likely candidate, the Primate of Nigeria, Archbishop Peter Akinola, said the liberal leadership of the American Episcopal Church must be disciplined for supporting the consecration.

The archbishop, the chairman of the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA), said that the Episcopal Church leadership had three months in which to "repent" or the CAPA bishops, representing about 40 million Anglicans, would feel free to take action.

Posted by Peter Burnet at April 16, 2004 10:21 PM

There are quite a few American Episcopalians who will join the Africans if it comes to schism. Think about it. 40 years ago, who would have predicted that a large number of WASP Episcopalians (especially SOUTHERN WASP Episcopalians) would voluntarily place themselves under the spiritual authority of a black African archbishop in opposition to the Archbishop of Canterbury? (Truth in advertising; I'm one of those white, Southern more-or-less WASP Episcopalians, and if it gets to that point, I expect I'll go with the Primate of Nigeria. But then, after all, my confirmation wasn't with the Episcopal Church USA, but with the Episcopal Chruch of Japan, so I'm cool with the concept.)

Posted by: Joe at April 16, 2004 11:20 PM

Oh, and by the way; the Japanese bishop under whom I was confirmed was a kamikaze pilot. No fooling. He was in training and all, but he was never actually dispatched on a mission, and he converted after the war.

Posted by: Joe at April 16, 2004 11:24 PM

Mea culpa. For the first time in history, Christian bishops turn down money.


Posted by: Harry Eagar at April 17, 2004 10:33 PM