Just posted over on TitusOneNine (thanks) is the following: A Pastoral Letter from the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda It has no date attached, but was posted at 4:59 PM December 14, 2006.
In it the Archbishop reiterates much of what he has said before, but with singular force he directs all of his bishops concerning any relationship with the Episcopal Church, and in particular with bishops and clergy who have voted for, coluded in, or other wise associated with people advocating the election or consecration of a gay or lesbian person as bishop, or anyone who thinks that The Presiding Bishop is a reasonable person of faith expressing views that are not heretical.
What we have here is the equivalent of the proposed Nigerian law outlawing all forms of engagement with the support for gay and lesbian persons.
Read it and weep.
Here is the crux of the matter:
“I have been in consultation with the other Primates and Archbishops of Africa and the Global South about this crisis in our beloved Anglican Communion. We have written to the Archbishop of Canterbury and informed him that we cannot sit together with Katharine Jefferts Schori at the upcoming Primates Meeting in February. We have also asked the Archbishop of Canterbury to invite an orthodox Bishop from the Anglican Communion Network in America to attend the Primates Meeting and represent the orthodox believers. We await his decision on these matters.”
The Kigali Communiqué stated, “At the next meeting of the Primates in February 2007 some of us will not be able to recognize Katharine Jefferts Schori as a Primate at the table with us. Others will be in impaired communion with her as a representative of The Episcopal Church. Since she cannot represent those dioceses and congregations who are abiding by the teaching of the Communion we propose that another bishop, chosen by these dioceses, be present at the meeting so that we might listen to their voices during our deliberations.”
The statement, “some of us will not be able to recognize Katharine Jefferts Schori,” now becomes “we cannot sit together with Katharine Jefferts Schori.” I note, with distress the seeming inability of these communiqués to address her as Presiding Bishop, or even Bishop. But the main issue, of course, is that the matter of recognition is now a matter of even sitting at the table.
The second notion, that “orthodox Bishop from the Anglican Communion Network in America to attend,” reflects the work done in November in Washington. There those American bishops meeting with the Global South Steering Committee are reported to have agreed that Bishop Duncan would be their spokesperson. So now, instead of “we propose that another bishop, chosen by these dioceses, be present at the meeting so that we might listen to their voices during our deliberations,” we now have this: “We have also asked the Archbishop of Canterbury to invite an orthodox Bishop from the Anglican Communion Network in America.”
So here we are: Hard ball pitched from Uganda. “We won’t sit at the same table with KJS and we want an ACN Bishop (read the Moderator.)
Time to call the game on account of a wild pitch.
This is an outrageous development and the Archbishop of Canterbury ought to have nothing to do with it.
If there is a meeting of the Primates (and I recommend that there not be one, or at least not in Tanzania) it has to be of ALL the Primates, and that includes Presiding Bishop and Primate Katharine Jefferts Schori – and no one else.