Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul Yak (Sudan)By David Virtue, VOL

The following Primates were elected as members of the Primates’ Standing Committee at the recent Primates’ Meeting in Dublin, Ireland, and have agreed to serve for a period of three years.

From Africa, Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul Yak (Sudan) was elected, but he was not in Dublin for his election. The alternate is the liberal leaning Burundi Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi who told me he was there to represent Global South interests because a third of the archbishops, mostly Global South, were not. Later, he told Ruth Gledhillof The Times (London) that the 38 warring provinces should learn to get on with each other, because of Jesus’ command to “love your neighbor.”

Archbishop Ntahoturi said: “The Anglican Communion is our communion. We have a share. We have a place in that communion…. The Anglican Church of Burundi recognizes there are problems in the Communion. The Communion is a family. When children disagree on certain issues, you do not separate. You meet and discuss those issues together.” He said the boycott was not against The Episcopal Church, but because previous decisions of the Primates’ Council had not implemented. “For us in Burundi, we say some decisions take some time to implement.” He supports the leadership of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

For sheer hubris, Central, North, South Americas and the Caribbean are being represented by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of The Episcopal Church with the alternate Archbishop John Holder (West Indies).

Jefferts Schori no more represents the Southern Cone and Archbishop Hector “Tito” Zavala or his predecessor, Archbishop Gregory Venables, than Manchester United represents Real Madrid. Mrs. Jefferts Schori might speak for Canadian Archbishop Fred Hiltz and some, but not all Central American dioceses. She certainly does not speak for the vast majority of Anglicans in the Southern Cone. This is to make an already ludicrous situation into a first class mockery.

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