Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Archbishop Venables Gets It WRONG (Again).

I know we are not supposed to play with the devil but I must admit I visited a site that has little to do with God and more to do with . . . , well you know who and low and behold I found this little gem.

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!


Leonardo Ricardo said...

Please don´t refer to the former Presiding Bishop Venables as an archbishop--he isn´t and never was one except in the mindless minds of those who keep pretending they are Anglicans, but in fact belong to a sect of thieves, bigots and abusers of fellow human beings.

Archenemy of Humanity is more like it--you were right in the first place--don´t give this grandstanding opportunist (with zip out linings in his coat to haul tributes) a inch or a dime!

Paul (A.) said...

Yerba mate?

Leonardo Ricardo said...

Veanables Brew/Yerba Mate:

¨The Spanish cimarrón means "rough", "brute", or "barbarian", but is most widely understood to mean "feral", and is used in almost all of Latin America for domesticated animals that have become wild. The word was then used by the people who colonized the region of the Río de la Plata to describe the natives' rough and sour drink, drunk with no other ingredient to soften the taste.

Paul (A.) said...

The natives may drink mate, but Bp. Venables may be smoking it (which was what Fred was asking about).

Ellie Finlay said...

Thanks, Leonardo. I was going to say the same thing about his assumption of the title "archbishop". It's definitely one my pet peeves regarding current church politics.