The Bishop of Lewes.
The Archbishop of Nigeria consecrating Bishops for his almost-schismatic, apparently worldwide, Diocese.
It must be a difficult time to be Bishop of Rochester, almost as difficult as being a Priest or Layperson in Rochester Diocese. Let me bring you up to speed, just in case you do not know what has been happening. The Archbishop of Nigeria, Peter Akinola, has convened a meeting of Bishops of the Anglican Communion who are dissatisfied with the direction which the Church is taking, the Global Anglican Futures Convention (GAFCON). This meeting should have been in the Jordan but Akinola was allegedly turned back after four hours questioning at the border for activities undertaken by his 'thugs' in attacking Muslims some short while ago. They settled on Jerusalem for the venue eventually and the Bishop of Jerusalem surfaced to say what a disaster this meeting would be for the Church. So far so bad, you might think. Now many of these Bishops in attendance will not be going to the ten yearly Lambeth conference of all the Bishops in the Anglican Communion, including, apparently, six from the Church of England, although only Michael Nazir-Ali of Rochester, Pete Broadbent of Willesdon and the Bishop of Lewes have so far consented to put their names down on the list of shame. How their respective priests and people will feel about being represented in this way is not yet widely known, although there have been a number of senior figures in the Church expressing disapproval.