Thinking Anglicans

Anglican spin-doctors

Last week’s Church Times had this comment article by Pat Ashworth: Pushing Anglicanism to the precipice.

SPIN-doctoring overreached itself — and fell flat on its face — two weeks ago with the publication of a pastoral letter purporting to be from the Archbishop of Nigeria, the Most Revd Peter Akinola, to his flock in Abuja (News, 24 August). Should it matter that the bulk of it was written in the United States from the computer of Bishop Martyn Minns, and that revision, editing, and formatting took place over four days?

I believe it does. After our news story (24 August) we were accused by the Nigerian director of communications of being “insulting and racist”. It has nothing to do with race but everything to do with language and politics, in a climate where the word “decision” is now drip-fed into every missive…

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Cheryl Clough
16 years ago

Ashworth ended her article with this “These are… Anglicans worldwide who value the comprehensiveness of their branch of Christianity, who see the Communion as a place of debate, and who dread a Church of the Like-minded… we have been too preoccupied to notice: the secular commentators, who are happy to write off Christ’s Church as ill-informed, bad-tempered, and irrelevant. When even Christians are forced to agree with them, this is where the real damage starts.” There are elements of the church who are ill-informed, bad-tempered and irrelevant. Hushing it up so we don’t embarass ourselves before the secularists, other faiths… Read more »

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