Hiding Akinola

Riazat Butt of the Guardian asks why white Westerners are calling the shots at GAFCON:

Akinola, previously described as a luminary of the conservative movement, has now been hidden away until Sunday afternoon, when a statement outlining a skeleton structure for a “flying communion” has been issued and, handily, when most of the press will have left Jerusalem altogether.

Gafcon has not been the first time that western clergy have stepped in on behalf of the African primates. Where does interpretation stop and manipulation start? There are concerns over the way the African archbishops project themselves and such a guiding hand is, at best, good public relations and, at worse, patronising. If these men are held in such high regard then they should speak in their own words, without any help.

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