“ABUJA (Reuters) – The Anglican Church of Nigeria, a fierce opponent of gay bishops and same-sex marriage, expressed doubt on Thursday about creating a second-tier membership in the worldwide Anglican Communion to accommodate liberal churches.
Archbishop Peter Akinola, head of the second-largest province after the Church of England, told Reuters he thought Anglican churches should either be in or out of the family.
“Within the same Anglican family there are no boundaries. We are in communion,” Akinola said at a church conference in the Nigerian capital Abuja. “From my understanding of communion, it’s either we are together in communion fully or we’re not.”
He said he had not had time yet to read Williams’ proposal and added it would be premature to reach any conclusion until work on the proposed new membership covenant is completed.
“We in the global South are also working very hard to ensure that we craft the language of the covenant to be such that it would bind all of us together in the communion,” he said.”
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