One last thing before I start a week's holiday. What is it with Fulcrum, yet again?
In the forums, one poster is now re-running the rumour about Archbishop Akinola being about to consecrate Chris Sugden as a Nigerian Bishop in England. This one is taking on the 'urban legend' status of the Vanishing Hitchhiker (see especially version M on this page).
Even better, the poster manages to cap rumour with conjecture followed by condemnation:
"I'm not sure that the rumour is completely unfounded. I also think that these 'shady anglican fixers' to quote Andrew Carey in last week's CEN about the new kenyan bishops in the US, are deliberately working against the Windsor process and the Dar es Salaam communique, and precipitate behaviour is not going to solve anything! come on guys, stop the power play, because that seems to be what all this is about - power. shame on you Chris Sugden if this is the way you go."
I say, "What is it with Fulcrum?" because it is their blog and posting is moderated, so it is, to an extent, their responsibility. I know things can slip through the moderating net, especially when you're tired or bored with reading the stuff, but the responsibility is still there. Given Graham Kings' cool response to the Kenyan consecrations, the sense persists that Fulcrum are distinctly unsympathetic to the 'Mainstream'/Global South response to TEC and Canada. As to "working against ... the Dar-es-Salam Communique", there is surely always this to blog about as well as the rumoured and alleged actions of the so-called 'shady fixers'.
This, incidentally, is another reason why I insist on comments here having a proper name and a location. Speculate if you must, but I'd rather you didn't do it anonymously or pseudonymously here.
What's more, this story is even old on theFulcrum website, as you can see by following this particular thread back to here. Probably all that needs saying was said there a month ago by Revd Simon Butler:
"I think this is a non-story. There's been a rumour like this for ages. Because CS is the most visible activist on the conservative side of the current debacle, and because he's known to be regularly in close communication with Peter Akinola, there are many liberals who assume he's doing it for personal gain and ambition. I am not party to CS's motives, but I do know that many liberals assume that he's likely to be at the centre of things when and/or if a breakaway movement takes place.
"The report also talks about the person who is the source of the rumour as "a worker in the Nigerian diocese" which is a very strange phrase indeed as no such place exists as "the Nigerian diocese" and "worker" seems rather vague (it could be anyone from Akinola himself to the Provincial Secretary to the person who cleans the toilets in a diocesan office!).
"I'm also not convicned that ++Akinola would want to take such a radical step at this time, with the Covenant process ongoing. It may be something he would do once the Covenant has failed (which, in the end, it probably will); but surely it's not the right moment for such a radical step.
"My guess: it's either a silly season story that a bored journalist has resurrected while everyone's on holiday from all this nonsense, or it's an opponent of ++Akinola stirring things up in Nigeria. My money's on the former..."
Or maybe an opponent of Chris Sugden stirring things up in England. Meanwhile, "a silly season story that a bored journalist has resurrected while everyone's on holiday from all this nonsense" just about sums it up, only in this case it was re-resurrected by a post-holiday Fulcrum member. Is that ironic (I'm never quite sure)?