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Turns out he's not from the Episcopal Church at all but from the schismatic Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) and also a priest in the Province of the Southern Cone.
So what is the Anglican Communion Office playing at?
Was this an embarrassing error, and they really thought he did belong to TEC? Seems unlikely given the care they usually take with appointments.
I suppose it is possible that the invitation went to the Anglican Frontier Mission and Dr Linnell was their choice. But all the same you'd have thought they'd check out his acceptability with TEC first. Maybe they did, and this man was the person in the whole of the US for the job, and available for the meeting. In which case, fair enough.
Are they deliberately courting ACNA? After all ACNA has always seen itself as the province-in-waiting against the day that TEC is thrown out of the Communion under the Covenant mechanisms.
Or is this the straw in the wind which shows that the Anglican Communion Office has already discarded TEC altogether?
And, either way, have they forgotten who pays a large percentage of their bills?
I wonder whether the Standing Committee are also a scrutiny committee and, if so, where we can get a complaint form from and ask for an investigation?