There is a certain glee, a heady excitement, on the right when it comes to their desire to break up the Anglican Communion. It's moved beyond punishing gays or even liberals to punishing the church as a whole. David Virtue's site is filled with such language, such as when he says "the Episcopal Church..is looking up at noose thrown over a tree branch waiting for the hangman to pull the lever and lower the corpse into an ecclesiastical graveyard."
Apparently the right is the hangman in this case. Some news which has pleased the right include presentment charges brought up against the bishop of Conneticut. Such charges are meant to pave the way for a church trial against the bishop for disciplining 6 priests who have broken off from the diocese. Fr. Jake has a good article on the background of the fight in Conneticut as well as the strategies of those seeking punishments and expulsions.
The interest in going after the US church has widened to a number of churches around the world. For instance, Episcopal Church in Scotland is being targeted for it's inclusion of gay and lesbians in ordained leadership. That body is being drug in front the Panel of Reference, established by Rowan Williams to adjudicate church conflicts, so as to stop this practice. Canada has also been targeted along with the US. Some seek to go after the church in Brazil as well.
But the statement which captures the spirit of this movement was Nigerian primate Peter Akinola call for the Church of England to be suspended from the Anglican Communion after that body allowed gay clergy to participate in civil unions, along as celibacy was promised with such relationships. The double standard is breathtaking by the Church of England as celibacy is never asked of other clergy. But still any hint of endorsing gay clergy was too much for Akinola.
How does one claim the word Anglican and not have a relationship with Canterbury? It's like someone claiming to be Roman Catholic but not having a relationship with the Vatican. It's a contradiction. This over reach by the right means that, while a split in the communion is imminent, the only churches which can properly claim Anglicanism are those, like the US and Canada, which aim to keep relations with the Church of England.
The right will not be able to supplant the Episcopal Church nor have it thrown out of the communion. Rather they will have to make a decision of whether they wish to leave the communion and create their own new religious movement or not, because that appears to be the direction that many Anglicans in the Global South are opting to take. I agree with Father Jake. I think it's a tragedy that the church is unable to live together. But to live in the same body where folks continually attack each other as enemies cannot last.