Tuesday, June 24, 2008

++Orombi in May, 2008: The rift has widened . . .

From jamesw in the comments at Stand Firm [boldface mine]:

. . . The liberal fear of GAFCON, is I think, borne out of the liberals’ gradual realization that GAFCON is actually far more “important” then they had realized. The MSM don’t get it - all they want is their “evil conservatives are mean to gays” headlines. But I think some of the liberals are realizing GAFCON’s true “importance”. That is, I think that GAFCON is the first concrete step in creating a true communion within the Anglican federation. GAFCON is not leaving the “Anglican Communion”, they are not formally breaking with the See of Canterbury. Rather they will begin work to reform Anglicanism from within - and the liberal bureaucracy of Lambeth Palace and the ACO will have NO POWER TO STOP IT!!! This, I think is what the liberals fear the most. GAFCON would seem to be creating - within the “Anglican Communion” the engine for the long-term transformation of the Communion. I think that liberals know that despite their rhetoric, theirs is a dying brand. The growing, live Anglican Provinces are joining GAFCON. The dying, liberal Anglican Provinces have controlled the Anglican bureacracy, but GAFCON is bypassing that bureaucracy without leaving the Communion. GAFCON is essentially telling the liberal Provinces that they are now completely irrelevant. . .

And I think this is borne out by what Archbishop Orombi said in my interview with him for AnglicanTV in May:
. . . For a long time we have been spending needless money and time, issues that are going in circles. We want to get out of the circle and get together, think of our mission, what is it that the Lord demands of our church? What is the need of the world? Let's go for it. . .Ever since October 2003, we have been talking about this thing about the American church - we are now all through coming to about five years, how much longer are we going to go on? I think it's a question of stewardship, of time and resources. GAFCON will help us to begin to see how can we now move on. Okay, the Anglican Communion is there, the agendas within the Anglican Communion should shift . . .

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