I have not always been a fan of Rev. Matt Kennedy. But, lately my estimation of him, a conservative Anglican cleric, has risen significantly. First, he changed his mind on WO and is now opposed. Second, he led his parish out of TEC. Both, are very good moves for this evangelical Anglican who has now written enough on Catholic theology at Stand Firm to make me wonder if he is edging toward becoming a crypto-Catholic.
Anyway, here is his very lucid explanation of what may come of GAFCON:
The brighter vision is that of a “Communion within a Communion.”
If we might leave here with at least the foundations laid for a new confessional and conciliar entity with its own leadership, its own “instruments of communion”, its own process of decision-making and discipline distinct from Canterbury then we will have created, or be well along the path to creating, a cohesive entity capable of gathering, growing, and empowering orthodox Anglicans that is not dependent upon the invitational decisions of one man.
A growing, united, disciplined entity, led by men and comprised of ecclesial bodies willing to act together independently of Lambeth Palace; willing, for example, to recognize provincial entities not in Communion with Canterbury that meet given confessional standards and unwilling to recognize provinces that are in Communion with Canterbury but that don’t, would make manifest a system of ecclesial order and discipline far more effective than that which presently under-girds the Communion itself.
As Greg insightfully points out, what Canterbury does or says is now largely irrelevant. He has made himself irrelevant by virtue of either his inability to uphold the commitments of the Communion or his passive aggressive decision not to. Whatever structure emerges from GAFCON (if in fact one does emerge) should maintain the Canterbury tie but should not let concerns about the mind Canterbury determine her course.
Such a Communion within a Communion, united in purpose, structure, and faith, would over time have the weight necessary to influence and, ultimately, reform the more disorganized and confused whole. Canterbury, the ACI, the ACO, Fulcrum, et all will not like it but there is not much they will be able to do about it either.
If the groundwork for something along those lines emerges from GAFCON then I think it will prove to be a most significant gathering, genuinely historic, the beginning of a reformed and renewed Anglicanism. If it does not then I think we may have come very nearly to the end of organized resistance.