Monday, July 11, 2011

Province of Indian Ocean Archbishop Ian Ernest's Address to the ACNA Provincial Council

In so far that we try to do this, I am convinced that we will be able to contribute to the future of both the world and of the worldwide Anglican Communion. To enable this contribution to bear fruits, it is essential that we have a clear understanding of our identity in Christ which can only come from a doctrinal foundation.

As Bishop and Archbishop of quite an isolated Province of the Communion, I find that we cannot adequately provide a faithful and effective account of who we are as Anglican Christians in a pluralist society.

This question comes again and again: Do we as Anglicans have a doctrinal basis? This is of profound importance to us in the Province of the Indian Ocean. So what as Anglicans do we stand for?

Archbishop Trevor Huddleston answers this question, “...In order to find out what characterises Anglican doctrine, the simplest way is to look at Anglican worship and to deduce Anglican doctrine to it.”

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The position Archbishop Ernest takes in his address conflicts with the GAFCON Theological Resource Group's statement in Being Faithful: The Shape of Historic Anglicanism Today that acceptance of the authority of the Thirty-Nine Articles is constitutive of Anglican identity. Indeed Ernest makes no reference to the Articles in his address at all.

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