Archive for October, 2010

Questions over ACC letter on the Southern Cone raised

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Bishop Gregory Venables (Photo: George Conger)By George Conger, CEN

The Secretary General of the Anglican Consultative Council has withdrawn the Bishop of Chile’s invitation to serve on the Inter Anglican Standing Commission on Unity Faith and Order (UFO), citing the province’s violation of the moratorium on crossing provincial boundaries.

However, the Oct 14 press release issued by Canon Kenneth Kearon has left Bishop Gregory Venables of Argentina “flummoxed.”

In an interview taped on Oct 18 with Anglican TV, the primate of the Southern Cone said he was nonplussed by the assertions made in the secretary general’s press release, as it was “untrue” and “unjust” to say he had not responded to the ACC.

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Fissure over women bishops deepens in Church of England

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Jenna Lyle reports:

The faultline running through the Church of England over women bishops has widened after the Bishop of Fulham’s departure to Rome and the outcome of elections to the Church of England General Synod.

Opponents of women bishops say they have gained ground in the General Synod and estimate that 66 clergy (32.10%) and 77 laity (35.46%) will vote down draft legislation on women bishops unless it is amended to include more provisions for those who in conscience cannot accept women in the episcopate.

Rod Thomas, of orthodox Anglican group Reform said: “Only 34% is needed to block this when it returns from the dioceses. For the first time, it can and will be blocked by both fully elected houses.

“In the clergy only a further 1.81% is needed, and that’s just one person. There are 21 new evangelicals on this new synod, and one out of a possible 58 undecided is a given!”

He said the outcome of the elections suggested that the Bishop of Fulham, John Broadhurst, had been “too early” in making his decision to join an ordinariate in the Roman Catholic Church.

His view is shared by the Catholic Group in the Church of England, which said it deeply regretted Bishop Broadhurst’s decision to leave the Anglican fold.

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CAPE TOWN: Ugandan Archbishop says Congress Recognizes Anglican Contribution to Global Evangelization Anglican Communion is irretrievably divided, says evangelical archbishop

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

An Exclusive Interview with Ugandan Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi

By David W. Virtue in Cape Town   October 18, 2010

VOL: What are your expectations for this Global Evangelical Congress?

OROMBI: This congress is going to be the impetus now in the life of the church globally. Many will have new visions of outreach and evangelism and many are going to be encouraged by the interaction and fellowship. I also believe that a number of people are going to be built up in small groups by people who are older and share their experience or people who are being successful in ministry and how their success came about in their ministry. Finally, I believe that many many people here will replicate the global aspect of the church all over the world.

VOL: As an Anglican leader, how does this impact us as Anglicans?

OROMBI: For us Anglicans we are very encouraged first of all that the global church has recognized our position by choosing to make me the honorary chairman for this event and as the head of the pan-African committee. That is really a stamp of approval for the Anglican presence on the continent of Africa.

Judging from key leaders like John Chew (Southeast Asia) Mouneer Anis (Middle East) and Bill Murdoch (ACNA-USA) it looks to me like our (Anglican) Communion has that treasure that is the Word of God and is a further demonstration of their presence among other Christians in the world in this context.

VOL: And our uniqueness is?

OROMBI: We Anglicans have got a treasure in the way we do our things and govern ourselves. We have clarity in our message which includes liturgy, history and tradition which we will share with the rest of Christendom at this congress.

VOL: What of the situation in your own Anglican province?

OROMBI: We have more than 10 million practicing Anglicans. We have a vibrancy in our churches and that is reflected in our presence in the country. Both our president and the head of the military are practicing Anglicans. We are growing so fast we are creating three more dioceses in the next three years.

VOL: I gather there was a meeting of the GAFCON Primates in Oxford recently. What took place?

OROMBI: I was not able to be there, but I will be debriefed by the Bishop of Shyira (Rwanda), The Rt. Rev. Laurent Mbanda while I am here.

VOL: Was the Archbishop of Canterbury notified that you were meeting there?

OROMBI: He was not invited.

VOL: It seems to me that orthodox and liberal Anglicans are now so far apart that it is nearly impossible to imagine how you can meet or stay together with any sort of integrity? Dare I say we now have two religions in the Anglican Communion?

OROMBI: Our [Anglican] house was divided right back when the vision became clearer where it was all going. From 2005 in Dromantine we knew our house was divided. In 2007 it became even clearer and by 2009 it was completely clear, the elephant had come out of the bush and out into the open. By August in Entebbe (Uganda) the CAPA bishops and Archbishop John Chew (Southeast Asia) from the Global South were very categorical about our position and we stated it in no uncertain terms to Rowan Williams. Sadly he plays the diplomacy game but we won’t buy into it anymore. He talks to one group and agrees with them and then he talks to Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori and Archbishop Fred Hiltz (Canada) and agrees with them. We will no longer play that game. It is over. We want to know definitively if he shares the theology of Mrs. Jefferts Schori.

VOL: It sounds like a game in which the orthodox cannot possibly win?

OROMBI: Those who understood knew he was hiding something. He double dealt. We never knew where he stood with the other group. He constantly played hide and seek. No more. We won’t play that game anymore with him. He avoided any finality in discussions with him. He avoids a final scenario all the time.

VOL: Do you see any orthodox archbishops turning up in January 2011 in Ireland to the next meeting of the Primates?

OROMBI: No orthodox primate will go to Ireland. Unless Rowan Williams uninvites the US and Canadian Primates, you can count us out.

VOL: Recently The Rev. Canon Kenneth Kearon, secretary general of the Anglican Communion, wrote to Bishop Tito Zavala of Chile informing him that his membership on the Inter Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order (IASCUFO) has been withdrawn because the primate of the Argentina-based Province of the Southern Cone, under whose jurisdiction Zavala’s diocese falls, failed to respond to Kearon’s request for clarification about his involvement in cross-border interventions. Would you comment on that?

OROMBI: The Anglican Consultative Council is irrelevant to us. We have no passion for those things. We are not even interested in meetings that produce nothing and with nothing being implemented. So what is the point in spending time and money going to these meetings which could be spent elsewhere? We are not interested in tourism and holidays, we want to do business.

VOL: What would you like to see coming out of this unique Cape Town gathering of evangelicals?

OROMBI: We want to see the church really heated up by the Holy Spirit and we want to go out into the world on the offensive against sin and worldliness. The church must be sharp enough to stand clear of addressing the issues in dubious ways and the Lordship of Jesus Christ being put where it is supposed to be.

We also want to have a concerted and united front where believers are holding together as the family of Christ built up across the board. That means all the nations here and finally we want to bless South Africa.


Monday, October 18th, 2010

The Gospel and culture!

We are delighted to announce that the annual conference will take place at St Saviour’s Church Walmer , Port Elizabeth from 16h00 Wednesday 27th to midday Friday 29th October 2010.

We will pray together and study scripture and focus on the clash between the Gospel and culture and ministry into cultural contexts.  We will also continue to build networks and fellowship amongst the members of the FCA in this Province and together seek to chart a way forward for the FCA in this region.

Time: Wednesday 27th October Noon (registration opens at 11am) through until 13.00 Friday 29th October 2010.

Speakers More detail here


For more details contact Fr Gavin Mitchell at or Neville Lobb at

Episcopalians assert authority

Monday, October 18th, 2010

October 17th, 2010 Posted in TEC |

By Adam Parker, Post & Courier

The Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina took steps Friday at its reconvened convention to further distance itself from the “national” Episcopal Church by passing resolutions asserting its sovereignty.

The meeting held at St. Paul’s Church in Summerville was a continuation of the March convention. Last year, delegates voted “to begin withdrawing from all bodies of the Episcopal Church that have assented to actions contrary to Holy Scripture, the doctrine, discipline and worship of Christ as this Church has received them.”

Friday’s vote was the latest development in a drawn-out disagreement between the diocese and church leadership, which many local Episcopalians consider too accommodating to social trends and not substantially faithful to the authority of Scripture.

The diocese has made efforts to distance itself from its parent church since the 2003 consecration in New Hampshire of Gene Robinson, who is openly gay.

The convention vote among clergy and lay delegates was decisive, with only a few of the diocese’s 75 congregations and clergy objecting to some of the changes, according to participants and observers.

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Church of England is fascist and vindictive, says bishop defecting to Rome

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Left: John Broadhurst warned that the Pope’s invitation to disaffected Anglicans to join the Catholic Church would appeal to traditionalists dismayed at their treatment Photo: DAVID ROSE

An Anglican bishop has attacked his Church as “vicious” and “fascist” as he explained his decision to defect to the Roman Catholic Church.

Jonathan Wynne-Jones and David Harrison reports:

The Rt Rev John Broadhurst, the Bishop of Fulham, accused the Church of England of breaking promises to make provisions for opponents of women’s ordination.

He warned that the Pope’s invitation to disaffected Anglicans to join the Catholic Church would appeal to traditionalists dismayed at their treatment.

His comments came as a parish in the Archbishop of Canterbury’s own diocese became the first in the country to announce that it would defect to Rome, with one parishioner declaring: “The Pope’s offer was the answer to our prayers.”

St Peter’s Church in Folkestone, Kent, has decided to join the Ordinariate, a system designed by the Vatican to allow Anglicans to convert while maintaining parts of their heritage.

Bishop Broadhurst, who announced his decision to resign on Friday, predicted that many more would leave the Church of England in the months ahead.

“I think the Ordinariate will cause a huge shock,” he said.

“A lot of people have said it won’t happen and have underestimated the impact that it will have.

“I don’t feel I have any choice but to leave the Church and take up the Pope’s offer. The General Synod has become vindictive and vicious.

“It has been fascist in its behaviour, marginalising those who have been opposed to women’s ordination. We have not been given any space.”

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Family breakdown is the root cause of violent crime, West Indian churchmen tell government.

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Left: 2010 Independence Day ceremony in St Kitts Cathedral

George Conger reports in CofE Newspaper:

Absent fathers and the breakdown of the family are the greatest threats to society in the West Indies and the root causes of crime, the leaders of the government of St. Kitts and Nevis were told at an Independence Day ceremony last week.

In an ecumenical ceremony marking the 27th anniversary of independence of the West Indian nation held at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Basseterre, the Rev. Christopher Archibald from the Anglican Church of St Kitts told the Governor General, the Prime Minister and cabinet, members of the opposition, judiciary and chiefs of the police and army, that the government’s legislative agenda for the coming session of parliament, “Strengthening families for positive nation building” was a worthy goal.

The family was under attack in St Kitts and Nevis, and across the Caribbean, Fr. Archibald told the assembled worthies on Sept 30. “We are experiencing serious threats to our family and family life and unity by both internal and external forces.”

He singled out North American culture with its emphasis on individualism and materialism, which had led to an increase in gang related activities, sexual promiscuity, drug abuse, crime, violence, truancy, delinquency and indiscipline.

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