Actually there are serious doctrinal differences and as far as the African Bishops are concerned there is nothing ambiguous about them. They believe in a literal interpretation of what they read and they won't tolerate those who don't stand firmly on those same statements. In all truth it is the Church of England and Episcopal branches that have permitted liberalism to erode their beliefs in their desires to be something for everyone. In so doing they have become nothing for anybody. Sad. And yes they will implode, eventually. Look at the history of the United church here in Canada. They are no more than a social organisation and their members have discovered that their country clubs have better company and that Tim Hortons serves better coffee so they have stopped attending in droves. The Anglican church is chasing them in this regard and the same results will occur. No beliefs, no need to go.
Scholars, like Diarmaid MacCulloch
, Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford, say there is nothing
theological at stake, only social doctrine
. Now that is, possibly, splitting hairs, but I think it does matter. There is no real theological foundation, in so far as I can understand Christianity, for excluding homosexuals (or women) from anything. Homosexuality may (or may not) be a sin, but all Christians, archbishops or architects or artists, are sinners, aren't they? Some, by the public record, are guilty of sins that seem, to me anyway, much more harmful to children than sex between consenting men or women.
I have no dog in this fight ... just a very few friends ~ including the wife of a member here ~ who are concerned about the fate of their community.