I’ve mentioned in times past that the current Archbishop of Canterbury has repeatedly and willfully undermined the Primates Meeting of the Anglican Communion and that several Primates are so fed up with that, they have stopped going.
Well, the GAFCON Primates in a press release at the beginning of the London FCA Leaders Conference have let it be known they would rather the Archbishop of Canterbury not be henceforth the automatic chair of the Primates Meeting. They have called for the chair to be elected by the Primates themselves.
The money paragraph:
We pray for those responsible for the appointment of the next Archbishop of Canterbury that they will look for a godly leader of God’s people. We believe that in the future development of the Anglican Communion the chair of the Primates Meeting should be elected by the Primates themselves. We believe that the future of our Communion relies on adherence to Scriptural authority, faithful and Christ-centred preaching of this word, the blessing of God’s Holy Spirit, godly leadership and the spiritual commitment of God’s people. These spiritual realities and the reality of worldwide Anglicanism should be reflected in the structures of the Anglican Communion.
And that is a sensible proposal given how the Primates Meeting has been virtually nullified by ++Canterbury. Whoever is Archbishop of Canterbury in the future, that should not be allowed to happen again.