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GSFA expected to ‘disassociate’ from Church of England following same-sex blessings decision

by Kelly Valencia

It's been reported that the Global South Fellowship of Anglican Churches (GSFA) will "disassociate" from the Church of England and the Archbishop of Canterbury following the General Synod’s decision to bless same-sex couples in marriages or civil partnerships.

According to The Telegraph, the decision is expected to be announced on Monday following an emergency meeting held with all the group’s Primates last week.

Sources told The Telegraph the GSFA will cut ties with the Church of England and the Archbishop of Canterbury as they “essentially voted to leave the Anglican Communion when [they] passed blessings for same-sex couples”.

For them, same-sex blessings represent the Church of England’s departure from “the historic faith of the Church”. 

Sources also accused Most Rev Justin Welby of having committed “heresy” and leading the Church of England “away from the Anglican Communion”.

So far, leaders from Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya have already criticised the Prayers of Love and Faith, arguing the Church of England has departed from “the true Gospel”.

For Peter Ould, an Anglican priest and commentator on Church issues, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York should have seen this coming.

He told Premier: “If the churches representing the overwhelming majority of Anglicans across the global south in Africa and Asia and South America do announce a split from the Church of England on Monday, then the Archbishop of Canterbury and York have no one to blame but themselves.

“They were warned by the bishops from the Anglican Communion during the Lambeth conference in the summer that this might happen. They were warned again during the debates at General Synod that this was a very likely outcome. And now here we are at a point where the decisions in Synod have basically split apart the Anglican Communion.”

A Lambeth Palace spokesperson told Premier: “We are not going to respond to speculation from anonymous sources who claim to represent our Anglican brothers and sisters in the Global South.”

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