Thursday, 25 September 2003

Which Anglican Communion is this?

There is a body which calls itself The Anglican Communion Institute. Now you might think that such a body was in some way related to the Anglican Communion Office, in London, or was in some sense an agency of the, err, Anglican Communion.

But if you thought that, you would be wrong.

The Institute is in fact a party-political organisation, associated with the same crew of right-wingers, mostly Americans, mostly evangelicals who are currently making almost all of the noise in Anglicanism (you recall Robert Runcie’s comments about most of the splashing coming from the shallow end of the swimming pool).

You can find out more about the institute from its website. The Compass Rose motif appears on the home page. Although the site lists no geographical address or contact details other than two email addresses, the executive director is named as one Donald Armstrong, who in fact is the rector of Grace and St Stephen’s Church, Colorado Springs, USA.

One of the more interesting things about this body is that the former archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, is listed prominently on the home page of the site as a member of the board of directors.
And on the page describing its mission he is quoted as saying: “I welcome this exciting initiative. At a time when our growing Communion is under strain, we need to undergird our common life with a firm base in Anglican doctrine and devotion and worship.”

Another interesting thing is that the website is advertising a forthcoming book, which is curiously titled: “The Anglican Communion’s case against The Episcopal Church, USA”. This is further described as “The Official Study Document of the Global South Primates” and as “A Paper Commissioned by the Most Reverend Drexel Wellington Gomez Archbishop of the West Indies”.

And the October Primates Meeting hasn’t even happened yet.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Thursday, 25 September 2003 at 10:42 PM GMT | TrackBack
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