Ugandan Archbishop walks out of Primates meeting

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from the website of the Anglican Church of Uganda:

Archbishop Stanley Ntagali’s Update on the Primates Gathering in Canterbury

13th January 2016

Dear Bishops, Clergy, and Lay Leaders in the Church of Uganda,

Praise the Lord! Thank you so much for your prayers for me as I traveled to Canterbury, England, for the gathering of Primates called by the Archbishop of Canterbury to address the events that caused the fabric of the Anglican Communion to be torn at its deepest level. We traveled well, and I’m writing to give you a brief update.

On the second day of the gathering, I moved a resolution that asked the Episcopal Church USA and the Anglican Church of Canada to voluntarily withdraw from the meeting and other Anglican Communion activities until they repented of their decisions that have torn the fabric of the Anglican Communion at its deepest level. They would not agree to this request nor did it appear that the Archbishop of Canterbury and his facilitators would ensure that this matter be substantively addressed in a timely manner.

Sadly, after two long days of discussions, I was concerned that the process set up for this meeting would not permit us to address the unfinished business from the 2007 Primates Meeting in Dar es Salaam.

In accordance with the resolution of our Provincial Assembly, it was, therefore, necessary for me to withdraw from the meeting, which I did at the end of the second day. It seemed that I was being manipulated into participating in a long meeting with the Episcopal Church USA and the Anglican Church of Canada without the necessary discipline being upheld.  My conscience is at peace.

I have left the meeting in Canterbury, but I want to make it clear that we are not leaving the Anglican Communion. Together with our fellow GAFCON Provinces and others in the Global South, we are the Anglican Communion; the future is bright. The door is open for all those who seek communion on the basis of a common confession of our historic, Biblical faith for which the Ugandan Martyrs, Archbishop James Hannington, Archbishop Janani Luwum and many others around the world have died. We are part of a global movement of Anglicans who follow the God who “so loved the world that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

I will share more with you in due course, but I wanted you to know directly from me what is happening in Canterbury. I have never been more happy and proud to be part of the Church of Uganda.

Yours, in Christ,

The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali

ARCHBISHOP OF CHURCH OF UGANDA.

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Br. Gregory Shy, CoS
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Br. Gregory Shy, CoS

Professor Seitz has an interesting observation, but there may be reasons for "not leaving" all at once and keeping "some in and some out."

I am put in mind of the "drama" of former Bishop Duncan's departure from TEC and the photos of the throne with the "lone miter" like the king's crown after abdication. Having been made aware of the longterm scheming and plotting in advance for "getting a new Church" out of the "gay issue" where they had failed with female ordination issues, from former-Bishop Duncan and his confederates as well as watching the "drama" in South Carolina (where the "forced" action triggered a show for which all the props and costumes had been long prepared and the script carefully rehearsed far in advance), I think that we can conclude that a good bit of this is "staged for effect." "Woe is me" poor last remnant of the faithful! "Woe unto you" corrupt and sinful Episcopal Church! The fires of hell await you! It's just a little too predictable. The only surprise is that no one has yet blamed President Obama for it. Surely it's his fault?

I am not going to predict what will "happen next" but why settle for one departure en masse when you can have a designated "walker out" and then keep the others there to engage in some more drama?

The theatricality of it all certainly does not impress me. You would have thought they could have got a GS Anglocatholic to show them how its done?

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Brian Truncali
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Brian Truncali

"We are part of a global movement of Anglicans who follow the God who “so loved the world that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)"

I wonder if he believes this applies to LGBT folk?

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James Toy
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James Toy

"Home is where the heart is"
I trust that our brother in Christ is following his heart--

Prayers for all!

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Prof Christopher Seitz
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Prof Christopher Seitz

It had been indicated that one Primate had withdrawn and it stood to reason it was +Uganda.

But for Sudan, Nigeria, Rwanda to remain together with the GS is to my mind the surprise of the meeting thus far. Four days into it.

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Kurt Hill
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Kurt Hill

Good riddance. One down, seven to go...

Kurt Hill
Brooklyn, NY

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