News for Week Ending 9/10/2012
Duncan, Murphy dispute status of Anglican MissionThe Conflict between the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) and the Anglican Mission in the Americas (AMiA) is beginning to look like a conflict between ACNA’s Archbishop Robert Duncan and AMiA’s Bishop Charles Murphy. Under Murphy, the AMiA has morphed into a missionary society—see the new AMiA constitution here—but has been unable to develop a stable relationship with a larger Anglican entity. (The most recent Pittsburgh Update on the conflict between the two organizations can be found here.)
Duncan, in a recent letter and in an Anglican TV interview, has accused Murphy of dictatorial leadership of the AMiA and an unwillingness to be accountable to anyone. Murphy, in a reply to Duncan, has argued that there is room both for an “orthodox” Anglican church in America and a missionary society such as he has created. Murphy’s response to Duncan is in the form of a letter from AMiA leaders and supporters. Whereas Murphy seems without support from current primates, he is supported by several retired ones. Duncan, on the other hand, argues that retired archbishops should keep out of current Anglican affairs.
David Virtue, who has been a long-time supporter of the AMiA, has written a helpful analysis of the ACNA-AMiA conflict that is helpful in understanding how it developed.