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Kearon on CANA

The Anglican Communion Office has issued this statement:

From the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion

‘In response to a number of queries, and following consultation with The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion has issued the following statement:

“The Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) is, to my knowledge, a “mission” of the Church of Nigeria. It is not a branch of the Anglican Communion as such but an organsation which relates to a single province of the Anglican Communion. CANA has not petitioned the Anglican Consultative Council for any official status within the Communion’s structures, nor has the Archbishop of Canterbury indicated any support for its establishment.”’

The Revd Canon Kenneth Kearon

If you are wondering why this statement was thought necessary, you need to go here, and read the statement by Mary Springmann or read this shorter explanation.

Update Anglican Mainstream has published a response to this from CANA (perhaps it will appear on the CANA website later) which can be read here.
Further Update Yes, it is now on the CANA site here.

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Cynthia Gilliatt
Cynthia Gilliatt
14 years ago

This ought to give Martyn and the people at Truro and The Falls Church pause, but I am sure it will not. The voting has been going on all week, and as one can see from Martyn Minns’ comments on Akinola and gays in Nigeria, actual facts don’t cut much ice there with him and his devotees. This is not new, either.

John Henry
John Henry
14 years ago

Truthfulness doesn’t cut much ground among the reasserters. Given the presence of the Republican establishment among their congregants, VP Cheney and Attorney General Gonzales, it is clear that there is little respect for ‘facts’. Didn’t the same suspects lie to the American people (and the world community) about Saddam’s possession of WMD in order to justify their pre-emptive war of aggression in order to “share God’s gift of American democracy with the people of the Middle East”? Now they are in a state of denial about the bloodshed caused by the ill-advised American invasion of Iraq. “Stay the course,” while… Read more »

Tunde
Tunde
14 years ago

What is the fuss about?

Mary wrote “CANA is an authentic part of the Anglican Communion and *acknowledged* by the Primates and by Archbishop of Canterbury.”

She did not say ‘support’ or ‘branch’! ACNS confirms the acknowledgment in “(CANA) is, *to my knowledge*, a “mission” of the Church of Nigeria.” Are we still part of the Anglican Communion?

ruidh
ruidh
14 years ago

‘… a “mission” of the church of Nigeria…’

Those are called “scare” quotes. They are used when the author wishes to use a term that others have used, but with which he has some reservations about its truthfulness or applicability.

The AMIA is similarly a “mission” of the province of Rwanda. Archbishop Carey commented on the consecration of Murphy and Rogers that he could not recognize their jurisdiction. Archbishop Williams has not been so blunt.

But don’t plan on Martyn Minns being invited to Lambeth. He’ll be cooling his heels with Chuck Murphy.

StAndTheolStud
StAndTheolStud
14 years ago

Just to set the record straight, to my knowledge VP Cheney does not go to Truro, Clarence Thomas has not gone for many years (didn’t like the press knowing where he was going to be), Colin Powell went once for the concert of an African children’s choir (the Watoto Children’s Choir), and Attorney General Gonzales does not go to Truro, but to The Falls Church, the other church voting on leaving ECUSA, which has for some reason gotten less press, probably because it is obvious that they are a faithful church at whom no mud can be slung. Not to… Read more »

Cynthia Gilliatt
Cynthia Gilliatt
14 years ago

“Colin Powell went once [to Truro] for the concert of an African children’s choir (the Watoto Children’s Choir)” He and his wife do regularly attend an Episcopal church that is very much in the moderate/progressive tradition that is central to the Episcopal Church in Virginia. I am told that President Bush and his wife quite often attend St. John’s, Lafayette Square, whose rector is far from conservative. They attend largely because of proximity, not because they are in sympathy with the rector’s views. It’s not so much about where the pols sit as what they read, hear, mark, and inwardly… Read more »

J. C. Fisher
14 years ago

“Just to set the record straight, to my knowledge VP Cheney does not go to Truro, Clarence Thomas has not gone for many years (didn’t like the press knowing where he was going to be), Colin Powell went once for the concert of an African children’s choir (the Watoto Children’s Choir), and Attorney General Gonzales does not go to Truro, but to The Falls Church…” Geez Louise, StAndTheolStud, that’s damning w/ faint disclaimer: the local dogcatcher wouldn’t be found at *my* local Episcopal church! :-0 ***** Good point, ruidh: I hadn’t thought of that (that the ABC can decide who… Read more »

John Henry
John Henry
14 years ago

StAndTheolStud, thank you for confirming that Attorney General Gonzales attends a secessionist church, to wit, Falls Church. Please note that in my comment above I didn’t mention any of the secessionist churches in the Diocese of Virginia by name.

flabellum
flabellum
14 years ago

Surely it couldn’t be plainer. CANA is not a separate entity within the Anglican Communion, but a part of the Church of Nigeria; just as the Convocation of American Churches in Europe is not a separate entity within the Anglican Communion, but a part of TEC. Did anybody claim anything different?

Colin Coward
14 years ago

Canon Tunde’s style is familiar to me now. He habitually makes comments (like his preface ‘what is all the fuss about’) which seem to me to make light of something which is devastatingly serious. I’m not sure I understand Tunde’s point. Who is the ‘we’ when he asks ‘are we still a part of the Anglican Communion?’ Canon Kearon’s statement seems clear to me. No, CANA is not part of the Anglican Communion in the same way that the Church of Nigeria or the Episcopal Church in the USA is part of the Anglican Communion. It is a “mission” of… Read more »

Robert Leduc
Robert Leduc
14 years ago

So far the focus has been on the term ‘mission’. But do not forget the later part of the statement where CANA is referred to as ‘an organisation that relates to a single province of the Anglican Communion’.

This seems to suggest that CANA is recognized by the Secretariat as separate, but in communion with, the Church of Nigeria.

So no, to enter CANA is to leave the Anglican Communion, just like with the AMiA.

NP
NP
14 years ago

Colin – maybe it is your “strategy” which has become clear to people and is getting a public response in order to preserve the integrity of the CofE longer-term?

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