Mouneer Anis has been a leading voice for Rowan Williams valiant - and yes, they have been valiant - efforts to reach out to the Global South and keep them at the Anglican Communion table. For the Primate of the Middle East (which includes Egypt and the Holy Land) to write that "I have come to realize that my presence in the current SCAC has no value whatsoever and my voice is like a useless cry in the wilderness" is extraordinarily sad.
Bishop Anis goes on later to write, "I have come to the sad realization that there is no desire within the ACC and the SCAC to follow through on the recommendations that have been taken by the other Instruments of Communion to sort out the problems which face the Anglican Communion and which are tearing its fabric apart."
Read the whole thing at SF here. Yes, Houston, we have a problem.
UPDATE: Jim Naughton, former Communications Director for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, provides a choice quote for 815's PR Office and illustrates better than any commentary the attitude that has caused Bishop Anis to come to what Rowan Williams now describes as a regretful decision:
"Anyone who watched Archbishop Anis be led around by British and American handlers at the Lambeth Conference, saw him read statements they had prepared for them, and watched them prompt him when he forgot his lines, knows that he does nothing without coordinating with the Western right. So what we've got here is a concerted effort to undermine not just the covenant process, but the quasi-governing structures of the Anglican Communion by a right-wing party that has begun to fear that the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada will never be punished for treating gay and lesbian Christians like human beings."Nothing else needs to be said. That just about sums it all up and illustrates well exactly what Bishop Anis has been the brunt of from the current TEC leadership - what say you, Church of England?