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Re: Fwd: Nigerian Anglicans Break with Canterbury

It will not be over until Nigeria formally says it is not a part of 
the Communion any more.  That is not said by this action.  As the London
Times article noted, some other provinces have never included the Anglican 
Communion in  their constitution and cannons and yet have been 
functioning as members all along.  The Communion is quite a loose 
"body".  I admit that Akinola's bluster begins more and more to sound 
like he means it for real.  That often happens when someone else calls 
a bluff.   It's too early to tell.


On Sep 20 9:52am XXXXXXXXXXXX  wrote:

> Dearest Louie,
> Did I miss some of your news or this is not yet official? (see below)
> Blessings,
> Subject: Nigerian Anglicans Break with Canterbury
> Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 11:22:24 -0400
> Phlip, Richard,Jerry, Ulysses and Anahi,
> from the NYTimes of Sept 20, 2005 (p.A6)
> "Angry over other Anglican churches 'tolerance of homosexuality, the
> Anglican Chruch of Nigeria has deleted from its Constitution all references
> to "the See of Canterbury," the British "mother" church that links Anglican
> churches worldwide into a global communion. . . .The Constitution of the
> Nigerian church led by Archbishop Peter J. Akinola, above (there's a pic of
> him) says it will be in communion only with churches that "maintain the
> historic faith, doctrine, sacrament and discipline." The Nigerians said the
> change would allow them to reach across geographic boundaries and provide
> "worshiping refuge to thousand in the U.S.A." who have refused to accept the
> 2003 decision of the Episcopal Church USA to ordain an openly gay bishop in
> New Hampshire."
> Laurie Goodstein (NYT)

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