They'll Finally Get the Communion After All

At the end of the quest, victory:

A coalition of bishops and leaders from Africa, the Americas and Australasia said it was time for a “radical shift” in how the church is structured away from models of the “British Empire”.

They criticised what they called “revisionist attempts” to abandon basic doctrines on issues such as homosexuality and “turn Christianity merely into a movement for social betterment” during Dr Williams’s tenure.

And they said it was now clear that the leadership in England had failed to hold the 77 million-strong worldwide Anglican Communion together, leaving it in “crisis”.

They spoke out as 200 clergy and laity from 30 countries gathered in London to discuss what they called the “present crisis moment” in the church.

As I proposed back in 2007:

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York participated in a much publicised “guilt march” across the UK about the evil of slavery.

But there’s an easier and more substantial way to even the score: just let the Africans and their allies, including the descendants of slaves in the West Indies, take the lead in the Communion.

We find, however, that, Western church leaders–liberal and conservative alike–are reluctant to bow to the obvious and allow the centre of power of Christianity to shift where its people are.  The liberals are especially adverse to this process, as they are further from the Africans’ idea than their conservative counterparts.

The desperation of conservative parishes in TEC, however, has them affiliating with provinces such as Uganda and Nigeria, along with others.  They have gone past guilt.  It is time that the rest of us follow suit.

It was surely unlikely that the “First World” churches would give it up without a fight, but at this point they simply lack the numbers and the enthusiasm to make their hegemony stick, present whining notwithstanding.

Reverse colonialism is a blast.

2 Replies to “They'll Finally Get the Communion After All”

  1. Fair enough, but given that the Anglican Communion at a global level has no rules or canons to begin with (part of the problem) and only a common tradition and ‘bonds of affection’, how can this be put into place on a legal/juridical level?


    1. That gets to the issue of the now near-dead Anglican Covenant.

      Although it gives more “Catholically” minded people (and I mean that in a more generic sense) heartburn, the “loosey-goosey” nature of the Anglican Communion has been a firewall against a general takeover of same and its provinces by revisionists using centralised mechanisms. It’s easy to forget that, had the papal elections of 1978 gone differently, the RCC could have easily degenerated over time, as the same revisionist forces at work in TEC, ACC and CoE were (and are) at work there too. But we got John Paul II and the rest, as they say, is history.

      I wouldn’t be in a hurry to centralise things in the AC, not yet at least.


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