By Fr. Wilson (articles ) | Dec 18, 2003

I like the Anglican Bishops of Uganda. They know how to write a letter, like this one to USA Episcopal Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold, written in the wake of his having consecrated an openly practicing, divorced, homosexual Bishop:

"Considering those things, we were shocked to receive a letter from you informing us of your decision to send a delegation to the enthronement of our new Archbishop in January, and your intention for the delegation to bring aid and assistance for the people who live in desperate conditions in the camps in Gulu that you have ignored for years.

"Recent comments by your staff suggesting that your proposed visit demonstrates that normal relations with the Church of Uganda continue, have made your message clear: If we fall silent about what you have done promoting unbiblical sexual immorality and we overturn or ignore the decision to declare a severing of relationship with ECUSA, poor displaced persons will receive Aid.

Here is our response: The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not for sale, even among the poorest of us who have no money. Eternal life, obedience to Jesus Christ, and conforming to His Word are more important."

Then, the hard word of true charity:

The Word of God is clear that you have chosen a course of separation that leads to spiritual destruction. Because we love you, we cannot let that go unanswered. If your hearts remain hardened to what the Bible clearly teaches, and your ears remain deaf to the cries of other Christians, genuine love demands that we do not pretend that everything is normal. As a result any delegation you send cannot be welcomed, received, or seated. Neither can we share fellowship or even receive desperately needed resources. If, however, you repent and return to the Lord, it would be an occasion of great joy."

Perhaps they have no national bishops' conference bureaucracy, and get to write their own letters.

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  • Posted by: - Dec. 22, 2003 12:23 PM ET USA

    Its odd how being prepared to be tortured, killed and martyred at any moment gives wonderful clarity. It seems that if we're really concerned for the salvation of souls then rather than transferring errant clerics to domestic monasteries, some time in a more "edgy" locale and domicile may be in order.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Dec. 20, 2003 4:52 PM ET USA

    It must have to do with the water in Africa. The first Cardinal I can think of who might write such a letter is Arinze. Or it could be the fact that they are newer Christians than we are in Europe and North America, and so take the whole thing more seriously. Maybe I should say "...and so take the whole thing seriously."

  • Posted by: - Dec. 19, 2003 3:03 PM ET USA

    Send a cc of the good bishop's letter to Cardinal Mahoney. He should get one like that from Bishop Gregory but of course he will not.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 19, 2003 10:29 AM ET USA

    These people bless my heart. If only we could have some U.S. bishops who speak so beautifically for the truth of the Gospel. I know a Nigerian man who escaped. It is a long incredible story. He is now a priest. These people are remarkable. And, that being so desparately poor they refuse the 30 pieces of silver is a testimony to their faith. It's Advent and Jesus comes in many guises. It has just come to me in a Ugandan bishop.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 18, 2003 10:11 PM ET USA

    How right you are, Fr. Wilson! As an Episcopalian-in-transition-to-Rome, I'm truly proud of my Ugandan brothers. If only the USCCB might respond to heresy and modernism with such clarity!

  • Posted by: - Dec. 18, 2003 9:00 PM ET USA

    Man oh man, if we could have heard just one clear call to the Gospel like that from our own bishops in the past two years... See if the Ugandan Anglicans will write a letter to the USCCB.

  • Posted by: - Dec. 18, 2003 5:25 PM ET USA

    The Anglican bishops are right on in the above. Wouldn't it be sweet if they decided to come into the Roman Church? Real leadership. It's starting to sound so Utopian. Perhaps the Ugandan Bishops could address the homosexual problem in the seminaries discussed a couple of blogspots ago. Well, I guess that would be after they handle the problem of homosexual bishops.