SOUTHERN CONE: Archbishop Venables Says Dublin Meeting "comfort-zone Anglicanism"
By Archbishop Gregory Venables
February 3, 2011
THE Dublin Primates' Meeting represented "comfort-zone Anglicanism", the Bishop of Argentina and chairman of the conservative GAFCON network, the Rt Revd Greg Venables, said this week.
Speaking on behalf of the GAFCON Primates of Uganda, Rwanda, West Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, and the Southern Cone - none of whom went to Dublin - Bishop Venables said that the meeting "had ignored the difficult issues that divide us.
"There was a denial of the seriousness of the crisis facing the Communion which led to the absence of Primates representing two-thirds of the Anglican Communion, and there remains a complete lack of trust, which every day is getting worse.
"The Dublin meeting has just made things worse, as they did not deal with the reasons why people stayed away, or the causes of the divisions in the Anglican Church."
Commenting on the new definition of the standing committee of the Primates' Meeting, Bishop Venables said that the creation of a new "centralised" body reminded him of Animal Farm: "It seems all Primates are equal but some are more equal than others."
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