Sisk speaks on Akinola’s “bold claim”

Michael Conlon, religion writer for Reuters, has a story recapping the recent exchange of letters between the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Peter Akinola, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and Akinola’s action to install Martyn Minns as Bishop of the Convocation of Anglicans in the North America (formerly, Convocation of Nigerian Anglicans in the Americas).

Here are some new nuggets:

Akinola’s action “seems to lay out a claim that he has a better sense than the Archbishop of Canterbury, and that’s a bold claim,” said Mark Sisk, the Episcopal Bishop of New York. Last week’s events are more than just another tremor on an existing fault line, Sisk said in an interview, and what may be very significant is that the Archbishop of Canterbury tried to stop Akinola. His is “a new public voice in this and welcome from my prospective,” Sisk said.


The conservative American Anglican Council called last week’s development “a high point in North American Anglicanism.”

“The energy and zeal of the Church of Nigeria have come to the U.S. … and we pray that the result will be a re-strengthening of the historic, biblical Anglican faith in this nation after decades of accelerating moral and theological decline in the Episcopal Church,” said Canon David Anderson, a leader of the group.

It’s all here.


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