This is part of a much larger discussion, one in which Archbishop Venables slings dirt on the Anglican Communion but here is the heart of the message:
Asked about the role of Canterbury, Venables thinks the Global South is moving away from a Canterbury led communion. "The truth is we never had to go through Canterbury to get to Jesus. Canterbury is a wonderful part of our history. I have a tremendous respect for the role of the ABC but we cannot allow one person and one small group to assume authority over the Anglican Communion. It is not Anglican and it is not in Scripture."Let that sink in for a moment. Do not rush off and read something else or even think about how nutso the ACNA can get or even how wonderful it will be when John David Schofield retires -- The Anglican Communion does not run through the Archbishop of Canterbury?! Henry the VIII did not war with the Pope, Elizabeth was not excommunicated, Cranmer did not write the book of Common Prayer and the English Communion does not run through England? How is that again? Lord knows my undergraduate studies were in social revolutionary theory but this is some of the best I have ever seen!
I do not know about you, but I would like to get my hands on whatever the good archbishop is smoking these days -- it certainly produces some rich history (albeit revisionist).
A special note to those in San Joaquin where we have left the light on -- is this what you signed up for? John David Schofield PROMISED you would get closer to the Archbishop of Canterbury -- that the rest of us had somehow drifted too far away and YOU personally were going t o see to it that WE all got closer. Is this how you do it? The guy down south along with the rest of the Conelonialists are going to take the Anglican Communion and drive it right through the heart of Nigeria??? Well folks, the light is still on -- come on home to the ONLY Real Anglicanism!