Tuesday, 2 March 2004

less air travel by bishops

On the one hand, Peter Akinola has made news by not coming to England this week:
Primate to snub Williams over gay bishop (The Telegraph broke this story)
Gay Bishop: Nigeria’s Akinola Shuns London Talks Vanguard (Lagos)
and this is all officially confirmed by ACNS in Nigerian archbishop will not attend Committee meeting
whereas Frank Griswold not only attended but presided at the eucharist, as shown here, ECUSA Primate celebrates Eucharist at Canterbury.

But Gene Robinson also made news by not coming to England next week:
Gay Bishop Pulls Out of Debate Press Association
Gay bishop cancels Oxford date BBC
Gay US bishop cancels Oxford Union debate Guardian

By the way, the details of the debate which VGR is not now attending were to have been:

This House believes a gay lifestyle should be no bar to becoming a Bishop
Guest Speakers:
Rt. Revd. Gene Robinson
Recently elected Bishop of New Hampshire. His elevation caused worldwide controversy in the Anglican Communion, owing to his open homosexual lifestyle.
Revd. Richard Kirker
General Secretary of the Lesbian and gay Christian Movement, Claims “the current policy and practice of the church encourages deception and rewards hypocrisy.”
Revd. Dr. Andrew Goddard, St. John’s & Wycliffe Hall.
Tutor in Theology and Christian Ethics at Wycliffe Hall. Studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics as an undergraduate.
The Revd. Canon Brian Mountford
Former student at Oriel, now vicar at St Mary the Virgin, the University Church.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Tuesday, 2 March 2004 at 9:12 PM GMT | TrackBack
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At least it’s clear who is choosing to seperate themselves from the body. Reportedly, Akinola almost balked at receiving communion when the ABC celebrated at the beginning of the Primate’s Meeting. The symbolism is almost palpable.

Posted by: Roy at March 4, 2004 02:16 AM