My Christchurch colleague, Fr Ron Smith, draws attention to the refusal of Nigerian bishops, including Bishop Julian Dobbs (a dinkum Kiwi and former colleague of mine in the Diocese of Nelson) to take communion at the ACC opening eucharist. In doing so Ron asserts that CANA (i.e. the North American branch of the Nigerian Anglican church in which Bishop Julian ministers) is " NOT a member" of the Anglican Communion.
I think we need to let go of this canard (or CANArd!) once and for all: all Anglicans belonging to CANA churches belong through their episcopal oversight to the Church of Nigeria to the Anglican Communion, in the same way that any Anglicans resident in Nigeria belong to the Anglican Communion.
We may think this is irregular or illegal or immoral or all three, but that does not change the fact that, within the loose bounds of what "membership" of the Anglican Communion means, members of the Nigerian Anglican church are members of the Communion.
Irregularities abound in the Communion: our own three tikanga arrangements in ACANZP are viewed as irregular by some, but our membership is not imperilled.
The possible illegality of the CANA arrangements in America have never been tested in a court of ecclesiastical law ... not least because the Communion has no such court. Remember: we are (it appears) distancing ourselves from any notion of governance, common-and-binding canons across the Communion.
We could certainly charge that it is immoral of Anglicans in one country to refuse to recognise the jurisdiction of the recognised Anglican church of that country, but many immoralities abound in Anglican life which do not imperil membership of the Communion. (Test question: is any immoral living clergyman in our church thereby expelled from the Anglican Communion? No. The person I have in mind has not even been expelled from membership of our church!)
So, there is no case for saying that members of CANA are not members of the Communion because there is no established ground upon which to make the statement stick. Nor is there any Communion court to refer the matter to for jurisdiction. (Preludium manages to bring critical comment to bear on the situation without resorting to the CANArd of CANA's non-membership of the Communion!)
Funnily enough, Fr Ron could make the case for the non-membership of CANA under the Covenant which he so steadfastly opposes!
Welcome +Julian to Communion life in the church which nurtured you!!