Comments: Archbishop of Kaduna appeals to Primates

I thought Josiah had lost his role as Metropolitan.

Wasn't there an unholy tussle to remove him not long after Rowan made him Six Bells Preacher at Canterbury? He was the "great white hope" for post Akinola Nigeria - but the forces against him were very powerful.

Last I knew he enjoyed a very positive relationship with an Irish diocese ....... Everyone I know says he is a very sensible man, known for his moderation and power-broking in the world of Christian-Muslim relations.

He has the habit of revealing the bullying and hectoring that lies behind the GAFCON elite.

Posted by Martin Reynolds at Wednesday, 22 December 2010 at 4:41pm GMT

But the problem surely is that at least some of the Primates do think they have a superior wisdom to those who framed, and later amended, the Covenant.

A refreshing note, however, and a reminder that Primates do not in fact "speak for their Provinces" -- however much they imagine they do. All the more reason not to invest a Council of Primates with any authority whatsoever. Let them meet, as Fearon somewhat ironically calls them to do, but to the end Fearon suggests is meaningful, not as a legislature but as a body of Christian leaders called to fellowship in Christ.

Posted by Tobias Haller at Wednesday, 22 December 2010 at 5:59pm GMT

Uff da! :-0 (A voice crying in the wilderness?)

Posted by JCF at Wednesday, 22 December 2010 at 9:24pm GMT

Perhaps Archbishop Josiah is God's choice for a voice of moderation within the Nigerian Anglican Church? His prevalance over the overtly dissident culture of GAFCON may yet prove him to be the modern John The Baptist - a voice crying in the ultra-dry wilderness of homophobia and sola-scriptura dis-affection - within the world-wide Anglican Communion.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 22 December 2010 at 10:46pm GMT

I heard Archbishop Josiah preach at the Epsicopal Church General Convention in 2003 - he was directly critical of TEC and it wasn't a comfortable experience.

I met him when he spoke at a meeting organised by Pew Forum in London in 2004 alongside Frank Griswold and Dr David Martin. It seems a world away now, when it was still possible for Anglican leaders to meet and discuss their differences in a rational context.

He's an approachable man and has placed himself at odds with Archbishop Nicholas Okoh the Primate. I wonder what the dynamics are like between the two men behind the scenes. Okoh doesn't come across as a man who tolerates dissent. Josiah will know that African Primates like Okoh never 'consult properly'.

I met Nicholas Okoh as well, in Dar es Salaam at the Primate's meeting when he was acting as minder for Peter Akinola. Both were equally elusive and ran as fast as possible from media questions.

Posted by Colin Coward at Thursday, 23 December 2010 at 9:12am GMT

Just to confirm Martin Reynolds thought that Bishop Josiah is no longer a provincial archbishop, but remains as Bishop of Kaduna Diocese. Archbishop Edmund Akanya, Bishop of Kebbi Diocese, was elected Archbishop of Kaduna Province two years ago.

My deanery is Linked with Kebbi Diocese so I have first hand knowledge of the change. I have emailed the editor of the Church Times to correct this.

Keith Malcouronne, Lay Chairman of Runnymede Deanery and Lay member of General Synod for Guildford Diocese.

Posted by Keith Malcouronne at Thursday, 23 December 2010 at 9:16am GMT

Fearon & Okoh: good cop, bad cop? (just a theory)

Posted by JCF at Thursday, 23 December 2010 at 7:00pm GMT
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