Anglican Church Intercedes
WASHINGTON, May 4 — The archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion, has waded into a gathering dispute over efforts by conservative congregations in this country to break away from the Episcopal Church.
[But] according to organizers of the installation ceremony, Archbishop Akinola is already in the United States.
Archbishop Angry About Minister Becoming Bishop
The head of the Anglican Communion is displeased, his spokesman says, that the leader of the Nigerian branch plans to make a bishop of a Fairfax City minister who left the Episcopal Church. Martyn Minns, rector at Truro Church, led about a dozen Virginia congregations last winter out of the U.S. church, part of the Anglican Communion, and into the Convocation of Anglicans in North America.
Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola will install Minns today as a missionary bishop for the convocation. “This is clearly not a development that the Archbishop would wish to encourage,” said a spokesman for Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Of course, Martyn Minns was consecrated a bishop in Nigeria last year. Today’s installation is ceremonial.