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The American Anglican Council has issued this press release: AAC Statement on the Primates’ 2007 Communiqué.

This includes the following:

…In a related development, the AAC also announced this week its formation of a Communiqué Compliance Office, which will monitor TEC’s acts of compliance and non-compliance with respect to the primates’ requirements throughout the period leading up to the Sept. 30 deadline.

“As a non-ecclesial body, the AAC is in a unique position to function as a watchdog on TEC’s compliance with the demands of the Dar es Salaam communiqué,” Canon Anderson explained. “Over the coming months, the newly created office will continuously gather information from around the United States and provide monthly accountings to the primates so that there is no doubt where TEC stands when the clock runs out…”

Also today, Anglican Mainstream published this AAC separate press release (not yet on the AAC site) AMERICAN ANGLICAN COUNCIL LIFTS INHIBITIONS which includes:

The American Anglican Council (AAC) announced today that the 21 recent Virginia inhibitions are null and void and declared them lifted. When the clergy from two of the three Episcopal dioceses in the state of Virginia were declared inhibited in January by the current bishop of middle and northern Virginia, the Rt. Rev. Peter Lee, the clergy he acted against had already transferred to other Anglican jurisdictions…

…AAC President Canon David C. Anderson announced today that, after a careful examination of the facts, the inhibitions imposed on the 21 Virginia clergy associated with the departing congregations were baseless and without jurisdiction, and therefore have been lifted.

Asked by what authority the AAC could lift the inhibitions, Canon Anderson replied: “By what authority did Bishop Lee attempt to impose the inhibitions on clergy belonging to Uganda and Nigeria? Those faithful clergy are now declared Uninhibited for Christ!”

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Göran Koch-Swahne
14 years ago

“… Communiqué Compliance Office…“

“… Canon Anderson replied: “By what authority did Bishop Lee attempt to impose the inhibitions on clergy belonging to Uganda and Nigeria?”

And the Parlour Games played on, and on, and on…

Only a No is a No… Just say No!

matthew hunt
matthew hunt
14 years ago

*gobsmacked*

“a Communiqué Compliance Office, which will monitor TEC’s acts of compliance and non-compliance with respect to the primates’ requirements throughout the period leading up to the Sept. 30 deadline.”
“the AAC is in a unique position to function as a watchdog on TEC’s compliance with the demands of the Dar es Salaam communiqué”

Just when you think things couldn’t get more distasteful and unpleasant.

Will there be a uniform for these self-appointed compliance police? Will jackboots be worn?

Cynthia Gilliatt
Cynthia Gilliatt
14 years ago

Earth to David Anderson: You are no longer a member of TEC. You have no authority, despite the delusional thinking shown in this press release, to do anything in the Diocese of Virginia or anywhere else in TEC. Why do I keep waiting to hear you say, “Pay no attention to the little man behind the curtain! I AM OZ the Magnificant!” Or is it Ozymandias?

General question: how many meglomaniacs can dance on the head of a press release?

drdanfee
drdanfee
14 years ago

Fasten your seat belts folks, the realignment and network people are just warming up, emboldened by Canterbury’s difficulties in setting limits on them for fear of being called too queer-friendly and for fear of then being dissed in public by other highly conservative Anglican bishops or archbishops. The closest Canterbury can come to effective leadership is to obliquely tell us: Nobody is arguing for unintelligent readings of scripture. Canon Anderson is plainly modeling the content and tone he believes and hopes the new Pastoral Council will uniformly take as it oversees TEC. Meaning: Now Canterbury will assist us in raiding… Read more »

John Henry
John Henry
14 years ago

There goes the “loose cannon”, wearing his brown shirt, empowered by Neville Chamberlain of Canterbury!

Diana Smith
Diana Smith
14 years ago

Let’s see. In one quote Canon Anderson states that the AAC is “non-ecclesial”; in another statement, he unilaterally lifts the inhibitions imposed by Bishop Peter Lee.

A rather peculiar definition of “non-eccclesial.”

I must say that just when I think these folks can’t get any more arrogant than they already are, they go the extra mile!

kieran crichton
kieran crichton
14 years ago

I dare the good canon to force his (dis-)inhibited colleagues in Virginia to lead a prominent act of public worship on TEC property – let’s say a nice glorious high mass on Easter day in their churches (whatever tradition they belong to!!!). If you’re going to provoke, at least do it thoroughly – then the martyr act looks ever so much more convincing.

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