Confidence begins to slip?

The Global South Steering Committee has issued a statement at its meeting in London which ended on July 18th. The statement consists of 12 points, many of which speak to the concerns of the Steering Committee vis-a-viz the response of the Episcopal Church to the Dar es Salaam Communiqué issued by the most recent Primate’s meeting.

The statement gives evidence of some concern that the Primate’s Steering Committee, apparently the body that will make the final decision regarding the Dar es Salaam’s Communiqué’s requests, may decide not to act to expel the Episcopal Church from the Anglican Communion:

“7. We are aware of the anticipated visit by the Joint Standing Committee of the Primates and the ACC to the September meeting of the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church USA. Sadly we are convinced that this decision, made jointly by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Chair of the ACC, undermines the integrity of the Dar es Salaam Communiqué. We believe that the Primates Meeting, which initiated the request to the TEC House of Bishops, must make any determination as to the adequacy of their response. We strongly urge the scheduling of a Primates’ Meeting for this purpose at the earliest possible moment.”

Read the rest here: This is a critical time – A Statement from the Global South Steering Committee

The Episcopal News Service’s take on the statement can be found here. Their headline is “Global South Primates vow to continue violating Episcopal Church boundaries.”

UPDATE: On July 24th the steering committee admitted that some of its more moderate members were not at the meeting,

Abp Malango, Abp Venable[s] and Abp Gomez were not present at attend this meeting with apologies.

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