a bishop who knows how to bishop -- act two

By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 11, 2005

The Church Times reports on yet another African Anglican who never learned to speak Griswoldese. The Archbishop of Uganda, Henry Orombi, wrote in the Kampala newspaper New Vision last week:

We see homosexual practices as unbiblical and against the teaching of the Church. Only Jesus who makes a difference to people can transform them, not debates. In our Ireland meeting, church leaders suspended the Episcopal Church of America and the Canadian Church until they repent. We are committed to other members of the Episcopal Church, who are orthodox in their interpretation of the scriptures and adore Jesus Christ as their saviour and Lord. We continue to provide support for them because they share with us in the same mission.

I will state again our position in clear terms as follows:

The Church of Uganda upholds the biblical position on sexuality, namely, sexual intimacy is reserved for a husband and wife in a lifelong, heterosexual, monogamous marriage.

That was the olive branch. In the manner of Athanasius, Orombi goes on to make transparent what he believes is not the case, for the benefit of those who found his positive remarks too vague.

Contrary to reports coming out of North America that say, "We have more in common that we do than what divides us," I am not convinced of that. We have a lot that divides us and we are praying that ECUSA and the Anglican Church of Canada will repent and rejoin biblical Anglicanism.

Tell you what, separated brethren. If you can tweak your men on papal primacy, we'll swap you 140,000 copies of Always Our Children plus all its episcopal authors and a second-round draft pick, in return for Bishops Akinola and Orombi. Deal?

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  • Posted by: sparch - Mar. 14, 2005 10:27 AM ET USA

    The stand of the African Bishops is more in line with the type of ecumenisism I envision instead of the warm and fuzzy relationships that drain the theological morality from our lives. Take a stand for what is meaningful and right. Leave the nicities at the door

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - Mar. 11, 2005 11:24 PM ET USA

    all of you have made great "WIN - WIN" proposals. let's send a delegation over right away!

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Mar. 11, 2005 6:53 PM ET USA

    Why would the African Anglican bishops want to join us? We likely have more poofter prelates than they do. And the term Lavender Mafia wasn't coined to describe the Episcopalians.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 11, 2005 12:55 PM ET USA

    altar boy: when they are asking for the papal tiara, is that mean to be a reference to having them being considered papabile? Oh, to hear this from the chair of Peter! We'll even throw in the new cathedral in Los Angeles, ICEL (for whatever they're doing nowadays), several orders of dissident sisters, and every new 'gather-type' song written in the past 50 years...but only if they bring in their flocks, who probably are FAR better formed in the orthodox faith than 98% of US Catholics...

  • Posted by: - Mar. 11, 2005 11:05 AM ET USA

    The Anglican Via Media is no longer between Catholicism and Calvinism; rather it is desperately striving to appear to be such between Christianity and an intellectually bankrupt, hedonistic license. Those poor unfortunate Africans haven't lost their minds or their souls yet; they aren't dumb enough to buy that. African Charity has not yet descended to sloth. The fact is that there is not one fundamental whit of difference between American Episcopaleonism and British and Irish Anglicanism.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 11, 2005 10:59 AM ET USA

    Di, I’m in contact with Orombi’s and Akinola’s agent (you know Him, too) and he wants you to sweeten the pot. If you throw in three dissenting Princes of the Church, the Papal Tiara, and a late-round draft choice, He’ll get Orombi and Akinola to Rome on the first available flight. And, get this: As a bonus, they’ll agree to dump “For thine is the kingdom…” from the prayer book.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 11, 2005 10:44 AM ET USA

    Di et al, Our parish, in common with many -- lukewarm, dissident, orthodox whatever -- sponsors activities in third world countries, sponsoring health and ed activities (always light on the catechesis of course). How do we go about adopting a Ugandan Anglican parish or diocese and leaving the door open to full communion with the RC? That way they could come overseas once a year and deliver a mission to us.