Jonathan Petrie of London’s Daily Telegraph explains what’s going on as the world’s Anglican primates meet in Tanzania. Basically, the bishops of the developing world are still hoping mad over the ordination of Vicki Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire, and the Episcopal Church’s refusal to stop ordaining homosexuals. The don’t much like presiding ‘bishop’ Kate Schori, and have set up an alternative conference in a neighboring hotel.
One of the many problems in worldwide Anglicanism is that the bishops of the developing world (who represent the majority of Anglicans) don’t have the same urbane, “let’s us compromise all things to retain the appearance of unity” mentality that English Anglicans get just by being middle class Anglicans. These are people with a different worldview and a different voltage running through their circuits. They do all sorts of ‘distasteful’ things like healings, exorcisms, growing big churches and believing the Christian gospel. No wonder Kate Schori and the other mainstream liberal Anglican bishops are having conniptions.
But hey, let’s pray something good comes out of the mess.