Wabukala: ‘Get back to basics’

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26 April 2012

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THE Archbishop of Kenya, Dr Eliud Wabu­kala, said on Monday that the Anglican Communion’s leadership should no longer “be focused on one person or one Church”, and that “orthodox leaders” should “de­velop new structures”.

In a keynote address to the leadership conference of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA), of which he is chairman, at St Mark’s, Battersea Rise, Dr Wabukala said: “Orthodox leaders must now do more than simply stay away. We have to go back to the basic principles and develop new structures while remaining firmly within the Anglican Communion. . .

“Our Communion has come of age, and it is now time that its leadership should be focused not on one person or one Church, however hallowed its history, but on the one historic faith we confess.”

Dr Wabukala said that there had been “unprecedented challenges to Anglican identity forced upon us by the revisionist scriptural interpretation”. This had enabled members of the FCA “to rediscover the dis­tinctive reformed catholicity of our Com­munion as shaped so profoundly by the wit­ness of the 16th-century Anglican Reformers.”

The Global Anglican Future Conference, which will meet for the second time next year, “was launched as a rescue mission for the An­glican Communion”.

The rejection of the Anglican Covenant by C of E dioceses (News, 30 March) showed “that institu­tional remedies for the crisis have failed, and that the problems we face are far too deep-seated to be dealt with by merely managerial and organisational strategies”. The “heart of the crisis” in the Communion “is not institu­tional, but spiritual”.

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