We've already noticed how the Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola is perceived by the NY Times as the main cause of a split in the Anglican communion, although Archbishop Akinola holds fast to the beliefs shared and taught by Anglican prelates everywhere until this generation.
(Understand the logic here? If the foundation of your house settles, and beams shift out of alignment, you put the blame on those beams that remain at 90-degree angles. The solution is not to shore up the weakness in the foundation, but to bring the entire structure into a new conformity with the part that sagged. Understand? Good. No charge for the architectural consultation. Merry Christmas.)
Just in case you weren't clear as to which Anglican divines are wearing the white hats, the Times is back with a Christmas-Day story on Archbishop Akinola, the "anti-gay Nigerian."
Some bishops in southern Africa have also challenged his fixation with homosexuality, when AIDS and poverty are a crisis for the continent.
Actually that's two crises by my count. But nobody's arguing about poverty; homosexuality is the trump issue. And just how crazy must this archbishop be, at a time when AIDS is a crisis, to concentrate his energy on the issue of homosexuality?
I know, I know: "In Africa, AIDS and homosexuality are not closely associated." This argument frequently repeated, but rarely buttressed by facts. You might say it's an article of faith. And come to think of it, having discarded other shared principles of belief, that's something the newly liberated Anglican communion needs.
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Dec. 26, 2006 2:06 PM ET USA
Time for a prisoner exchange? During any war their are prisoner exchanges. I propose a prisoner exchange in the current Christian culture war. We would get Anglican Bishop Akinola and followers and the Episcopals would get Ted Kennedy, et.al. Sure we would give up the larger numbers but in a thousand years there would be Catholics that trace their linage through Bishop Akinola. The Episcopals will join the Gnostic's as an historical footnote.
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Dec. 26, 2006 11:22 AM ET USA
The story contains a clear ommission: rather than "some bishops in South Africa have challenged his fixation with homosexuality," a more accurate rendition would have been "all the Catholic bishops in southern Africa(including a self-described undereducated auxilliary bishop in South Africa) have taken Akinola's adherence to scripture and tradition regarding homosexuality as a series of personal attacks on them."