And now a change of channel to the ACNA and its relations with Canterbury

Here’s an excerpt of an interesting story by David Virtue:

The leader of the Anglican Church of Canada had a “just say no” message to the new Archbishop of Canterbury-elect Justin Welby in discussions on the Anglican Church in North America when the two men met recently.

Archbishop Fred Hiltz is petrified that the new evangelical archbishop will recognize Archbishop Bob Duncan and the Anglican Church in North America as an emerging province thus diluting the influence of both the ACoC and The Episcopal Church USA. He and Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori both maintain their jurisdictions are the sole legitimate expressions of Anglicanism in North America.

Following legal actions by the ultra-liberal Diocese of New Westminster on sexuality, two new Anglican groups formed in Canada. They are the Anglican Coalition in Canada (ACiC) and the Anglican Network in Canada (ANiC). The ANiC is a constituent member of the ACNA.

While saying he was feeling “very optimistic about his leadership,” Hiltz is worried that the evangelical leader of the Anglican Communion, who clearly has more in common theologically with Duncan than he does with Hiltz or Katharine Jefferts Schori, will give full recognition to the ACNA thus deepening an already dislocated Anglicanism. A formal statement by the Anglican Communion as to who is an Anglican means fidelity to the doctrines and disciplines set forth in the Book of Common Prayer something Archbishop Duncan and his HOB have had no difficulty endorsing or adhering to. The same cannot be said for either the Episcopal Church or the Anglican Church of Canada that have caused a crisis with aberrant actions on human sexuality.

The ACNA is composed of Anglicans who have left the Anglican Church of Canada and The Episcopal Church in the U.S. ACNA describes itself as “an emerging Province in the global Anglican Communion,” though it is not formally recognized by the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC). The ACNA is recognized by the FCA/GAFCON and Archbishop Duncan sits on the Primates Council of GAFCON that includes the largest Anglican provinces in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

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