Comments: Global South Conference: detailed reports

On the first of these links provided, we have the scattered comments from various sources on the so-called 'Anglican Mainstream' website - one of them, from the well-known 'Virtueonline' commentator, David Virtue, posits what he sees as a deliberately oppositional set of Anglican meetings in different parts of the world. (1) the Global South (including Gafcon) in Cairo - under the leadership of Abp. Mouneer Anis, and (2) in Rome - under the Leadership of the ABC.

Virtue's piece articulates the conspiracy theory that the Rome Meeting between the ABC and Pope Francis was a deliberate attempt by Canterbury to overshadow the already arranged meeting of the G.S. and Gafcon meeting already scheduled to take place in Cairo at the same time. If this were indeed true, then it was a brilliant strategy on the part of the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury to side-line the tactics of the Gafcon G.S. Group.

Archbishop Mouneer's opening speech in Cairo hinted at a G.S. campaign to establish an alternative Anglican Communion free from the liberal agenda of the Western Provinces of the A.C.C., and Virtue does his level best to enumerate all the influential Anglicans present at the Cairo meeting to affirm Mouneer's intentions.

Time, I think, for the ABC and the rest of the Communion Archbishops to publicly challenge the divisiveness of Gafcon and its satellite plotters against the more liberal of us who are Anglicans seeking to break open ancient taboos against women and intrinsically homosexual people in the Church.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 9 October 2016 at 5:49am BST

Bizarre. The Pope's own legate sent greetings to the GS meeting.

If you want to concoct scenarios, Mr Smith, you'd do better to worry about a GS-Canterbury-RC-Orthodox agreement on far more than they disagree about.

The Secretary General of the AC is himself a GS member.

Posted by cseitz at Sunday, 9 October 2016 at 4:19pm BST

we kid ourselves if we think Welby (let alone the Pope) would coordinate in any way to undermine the GS;especially as they are both natural supporters of the GS. The pope wouldn't care. Welby has many GS friends. No point pretending people are working for a liberal communion when they are not and when they clearly are keen on the large numbers they see globally.

Posted by S Cooper at Sunday, 9 October 2016 at 5:45pm BST

"No point pretending people are working for a liberal communion when they are not"

Matthew 7:15-16 applies to Archbishops as well as anyone else.

Posted by Interested Observer at Monday, 10 October 2016 at 9:44am BST

"Matthew 7:15-16 applies to Archbishops as well as anyone else."

Yet, it doesn't mean a thing if we are given no immediate controls to drive away the wolf or pull up the thistle.

Posted by MarkBrunson at Wednesday, 12 October 2016 at 6:46am BST
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