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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Roger Mortimer
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Roger Mortimer

Homosexuality is, of course, as Ugandan as Idi Amin - witness the country's early colonial era history.

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Kurt Hill
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Kurt Hill

Fine, if they are going to "sanction" the Episcopal Church for three years, (and then expel us if our General Convention won't "repent" in 2019), then I say that we Episcopalians decline to fund ANY Anglican Communion projects for that period of time. In fact, if our lame TEC "leadership" does not withhold such funds, I'm sure that many of us will review our contributions to TEC; I will reduce my pledges by the same percentage they give to the AC. Human rights violators in Africa and elsewhere should not get off free while human rights supporters are "sanctioned" by bigots! No money whatsoever for the Anglican Communion for the duration of the "sanctions"!

Kurt Hill
Brooklyn, NY

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Gwen Palmer
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Gwen Palmer

Interesting that he says the decisions by TEC and ACC have torn the Anglican Communion at its, quote, "deepest level." Then at the close of the statement he indicates that John 3:16 is the deepest level, in that it's the foundation that unifies the true Anglican Communion (which, unless I am parsing it wrong, he defines as GAFCON, as though the historic AC did not hold John 3:16 anymore?). That seems to contradict his contention that gay issues are the deepest level. Curiouser and curiouser.

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Tobias Haller
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I believe the ACC has its own constitution -- in fact, it is the only legally constituted "instrument" of the whole Communion recognized by the members as such. As far as I know, the Primates have no authority to remove the representatives of TEC who were elected to that body, short of an action by that body itself through amending the Schedule of Membership. There was an earlier request for voluntary withdrawal, which was honored, but suspension by the Primates is ultra vires.

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Prof Christopher Seitz
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Prof Christopher Seitz

+Hiltz seeking distance from TEC.

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