The AAC's ongoing Guerrilla War
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Mon Mar 06, 2006 at 08:57:16 AM EST

To bring the TTA community up to speed on the IRD attack on the Episcopal Church and to add another response to the Shadow War discussion, I want to direct everyone's attention to fall 2003, immediately after the consecration of Gene Robinson, when the AAC (the IRD's Episcopal arm) made a commitment to "guerrilla warfare" within the church.  

From the notes of a meeting between the "Global South Primates" and AAC/IRD affiliated Bishops 11/20/03

We, ask that the Global South Primates:

1. Recognize the Network as comprizing those Anglicans inthe United States with whom the Global South Primates are fully in Communion.  We suggest using the language that the primates "applaud the suggestion of the Archbishop of Canterbury that there should be a Network of Confessing Diocese and Parishes"

2. Go +Rowan (sic) and tell him that they have recognized the Network

3. Remind +Rowan of his promise to recognize the Network.

4. Tell +Rowan that if he will not recognize the Network, they will seperate from him...

...We, as bishops in North America:

a. Through a memorandum of understanding, approve today the formation of a Network of Confessing Diocese and Parishes.  This Network is beign established in good faith withour Constitution.  We designate Bob Duncan, Bishop of Pittsburgh, as Moderator Bishop.

b. We will bring the establishment of the Network before our Standing Committees and dioceses.

c. We will direct AAC and FiFNA to organize road shows to exppain (sic) and promote the Network.

d. We intend to cross the US/Canada boundaries.

e. We will no longer be at the Table with those who consecrated Gene Robinson.

f. We commit to the guerrilla warfare of the next year....

This is one of a number of revealing documents which came from a court filing in a lawsuit against the Diocese of Pittsburgh

The American AAC Bishops want the Global South Primates to put pressure on the Archbishop of Canterbury (+Rowan) to "recognize" their new eccelsiastical entity, the Network of anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes (they dropped confessing from the name) as an independent province within the communion.  So far, the Archbishop has refused to do this.  

For more on the claim that Network was +Rowan's idea see here.

What Rowan is up to?  It looks as though he is, as Mark Harris so quaintly put it, "mucking about" in our garden no matter how much of a limitation he claims.  Odd that he doesn't seem to be mucking about in Nigeria's dirt.  Has he made response to the Bishop of Nigeria's recent support for criminalizing homosexuality in Nigeria?  I've searched (and am searching still) and have not found one.  

Between writing the first paragraph of this post 40 minutes ago and writing this sentence, I found that we have our own version of the Rush Limbaugh show over at VirtueOnLine  My goodness, the interesting things one finds while looking for something else.

by tikkun on Mon Mar 06, 2006 at 11:59:42 AM EST

VirtueOnLine  Sorry about that bad link.

by tikkun on Mon Mar 06, 2006 at 12:03:12 PM EST
Nah.  More like Michael Savage, the way he throws the word "sodomite" around.

by ajg on Mon Mar 06, 2006 at 02:37:27 PM EST

Reading the news coming out of Canterbury is like reading tea leaves.  To me it seems that +Rowan is not a particularly strong leader.  He doesn't want to be responsible for the break-up of the communion on his watch. Unfortunately it has made him timid.


He also has a powerful right-wing minority nipping at his heels in England.

by ajg on Mon Mar 06, 2006 at 02:45:02 PM EST
I just read this account of remarks from an interview with ++Williams while he was in Sudan on the 4th to BBC reporters

The headline of the article:

The Archbishop of Canterbury has launched a scathing attack on Guantanamo Bay, branding the US prison camp an "extraordinary legal anomaly".
Note that this interview took place after the Bishop of Nigeria supported the criminalization of gays with the ABC saying nothing about that situation so far as I can tell.

Then, after condemning the situation at Guantanamo ++Williams launches into statements about the potential split:

'Decades to heal'

Dr Williams also warned that the worldwide Anglican Church faced a fundamental "rupture" on the issue of homosexuality.

He said he feared any split could take decades to heal.

Was he explaining his odd silence about Church of Nigeria (and Uganda) support of persecution of glbt people in Nigeria and Uganda?  It is a very strange interview.

by tikkun on Tue Mar 07, 2006 at 01:43:24 PM EST

Is this quote, from the President of the AAC - especially for the fact that it's from an internal AAC document obtained by court order :

...We consult with a large number of our constituency on a variety of issues including assistance with legal, strategic and communications issues. This includes some covert activity! One of the major problems we face in the AAC is that a large portion of what we do is under the radar or behind the curtain...

I was under the impression that Christianity - almost any expression of it I can think of - advocates ethical behavior. Somehow, "covert" activity doesn't seem exactly congruent with that.

If this organizing activity is on the up and up, why would it need to be "covert" ? What is there to hide ? The only way I can interpret this statement is as an admission ( internally ) that the AAC is conducting an organized campaign, using methods that are unethical for being fundamentally dishonest and perhaps for other reasons as well, to destroy the Episcopal Church.

That doesn't seem like properly Christian behavior to me.  

by Bruce Wilson on Mon Mar 06, 2006 at 12:52:59 PM EST

Concrete advice for working under the radar was given here by the ACC.  There was to be no public talk of division or diversion.

  1. Do NOT say you are leaving the Episcopal Church.

   2. Do NOT say you are breaking Communion with your bishop.

   3. DO say you are NOT leaving the Anglican Communion.

   4. Do NOT sue for your property or take unilateral action.

   5. DO hold on until Plano.

   6. DO give the orthodox bishops and archbishops six months to achieve a framework for dramatic realignment.

What is Plano and what will happen there?

   1. It is a gathering of bishops, clergy and lay leaders who embrace biblical faith and teaching and who reject the actions of General Convention, to be held October 7-9, 2003 at Christ Church, Plano, Texas.

   2. We will pray, worship, study the Word and preach the Gospel.

   3. We will hear reports on actions of specially-convened diocesan conventions.

   4. We will prepare a detailed petition and proposal for the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Primates, who will meet October 15-16, 2003

   5. We will offer training and specific help with canonical, legal and financial issues.

   6. We will build relationships and organize

by tikkun on Mon Mar 06, 2006 at 01:30:18 PM EST
This was from late Summer, early fall 2003.

More about the Plano meeting here.

by ajg on Mon Mar 06, 2006 at 03:05:26 PM EST

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