Nigerian archbishop defies Episcopal Church, Canterbury

Akinola installs bishop on U.S. soil
Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola, who defied the top bishops of the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion by installing his own bishop on U.S. soil this month, declared that “insulting and condescending” American bishops are to blame for the controversy.

“We have developed numerous proposals, established various task forces and yet the division has only deepened,” Akinola said in an open letter to the head of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams. “The decisions, actions, defiance and continuing intransigence of the Episcopal Church are at the heart of our crisis.”

Akinola heads the 17-million-member Anglican Church of Nigeria, reportedly the Anglican Communion’s second-largest church—after the Church of England—and has been an outspoken leader among conservatives.


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