Tuesday, December 05, 2006

++Akinola Unhappy?

Changing Attitude, a British organization similar to Integrity in the Episcopal Church, has published a most interesting news story, Archbishop Peter Akinola unhappy with his secessionist friends in the USA, dated 3 December. It includes some information we have not seen reported elsewhere about the November 15-17 between some Global South primates and some disaffected bishops of the Episcopal Church. Some outlines of that meeting have been published elsewhere.

What we have not seen reported elsewhere is this insider's account of Archbishop Akinola's frustration upon his return to Nigeria after that meeting. We quote here from the Changing Attitude account:

Changing Attitude England has received further information about the meeting from members of our sister organisation Changing Attitude Nigeria. Archbishop Peter Akinola reportedly returned to Nigeria from the US in a very unhappy frame of mind. The discussions had not gone at all well from his point of view. He wanted a very private meeting and endorsement for his own plans but he didn’t get what he wanted. One of the Americans bishops at the meeting, who Archbishop Akinola expected to give unequivocal support to his plans, instead repeatedly told him that the American bishops need to think about the legal problems before they are able to take further action. This apparently came as painful news to Archbishop Akinola who had assumed his needs and agenda would be met, but they weren't. It appears that he wanted his American friends to be more needy so that he could present himself as coming to their rescue. Instead, he discovered that they are not able to do as much as he expected and this is giving him a big problem, which not surprisingly, includes the problem of money. His American supporters are no longer providing adequate financial support for his plans. It is no surprise to Changing Attitude to learn that relationships between the Global South Primates and their supposed supporters in the secessionist dioceses of the USA are not as harmonious as they might wish the outside world to believe.

One of the contentious issues between Global South and secessionist north may be plans formed by Archbishop Akinola for a small conference prior to Lambeth 2008 and a second, major conference after Lambeth.
Read the entire story here, along with an account of the death threats being made against the leader of the Changing Attitude Nigeria group.


Blogger BabyBlue said...

Is this a parody? Let me know if I should get the tinfoil hat out - yet again!!!!


12/06/2006 10:47 AM  
Anonymous Charlotte said...

BabyBlue, that tinfoil hat of yours must be a relative of the Hogwarts Sorting Hat. Every time you bring it out, the rest of us know we are getting the truth.

Or to put it another way: what you want to call "conspiracy theories" have pretty well predicted every step Truro Church and the Network have taken to date. So why doubt this report's accuracy?

12/06/2006 1:25 PM  
Anonymous Christopher Johnson said...

Oh please. CA, not exactly an unbiased source, had a mole in this meeting, did they? Highly doubtful. All CA did was to print a bunch of unsubstantiated rumors along with what Schofield said, something anyone with a computer and an Internet connection can do. Either back this twaddle up or take another run at it.

12/06/2006 1:57 PM  
Anonymous Charlotte said...

Well, Christopher Johnson, can you answer a question for me first: How many Global South Primates signed the Kigali Communique?

12/06/2006 2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Justice!! This is all about justice. There was injustice when gays were jailed. There is now injustice when they're encouraged to act on their inclinations and become sick. There was injustice when they were ridiculed. Now there is injustice when they are supported socially through marital or civil-union benefits and they slowly harm one another emotionally through rampant infidelity. Justice means loving them to the point where we're willing both to embrace and to confront.

12/09/2006 10:31 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

"Anonymous," I hope you are aware that this is a crock. The issue is not about the relative unhealthiness of sexual activity among gay people and straight people. The issue is promiscuity. Promiscuous people (gay or straight) are subject to a great many diseases, ailments, and emotional problems. But no one is asking the church to bless or support promiscuity. We are asking for support in faithful, monogamous relationships.

12/09/2006 11:23 AM  
Anonymous Questioneer said...

This is more proof that this "Episcopal Majority" is a gay-rights organization first and foremost. All other issues are secondary to this group.

There is nothing wrong with being a gay rights organization, but it makes me wonder why the name "Episcopal Majority"? It seems a bit deceptive.

12/09/2006 5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could it be because the majority of Episcopalians will not tolerate bigotry? Especially when it is justified by invoking it in the name of God?

12/15/2006 2:36 AM  

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