None of them mention that Lambeth 1.10 included reference to a much more nuanced study of the subcommittee on Human Sexuality, a call to listen to homosexual persons and treat them with dignity, or even for that matter a call to support abstinence for those not married. None of them mention that the Windsor Report called for three moratoria, the only one of which was never followed, even for one day, being the moratoria on cross-boundary incursions.
But of course none of that matters. What does matter is that none of these worthies seems to believe there is any necessity to address the beam in the eye of those writing concerning miserable church life in some parts of the Anglican Global South.
This week we have read several reports of profoundly nasty happenings in various parts of the Communion, none boding well for the moral compass of the Global South, but none commented on by Primates Orombi, Ernest, or Anis.
We have this from Harare on the continuing scandal of the Anglican community in Zimbabwie "The Anglican’s St Luke Church in Rhodesville has been sealed off by riot police following violent clashes between a faction belonging to excommunicated Harare Bishop Nolbert Kunonga and the one belonging to the official Bishop of the Diocese Chad Gandiya." This involves a deposed Bishop and the continuing Anglican presence in Zimbabwe. Sound familiar?
We have this concerning the Province of the Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East, "Former Bishop told to return £1 million." This involves a difficult set of charges and counter-charges between the Diocese in Jerusalem and it's former bishop. Things have reached an impasse. "At this stage, the matter must either proceed through the Israeli courts, unless settlement can be reached, Dr Mouneer said. “I understand that the Diocese of Jerusalem’s Standing Committee is insisting that Bishop Riah has the obligation to return Funds kept in his possession that rightly belong to the Diocese and the return of such funds is a condition to settling this most unfortunate matter. If Bishop Riah does not think that the claims of the Diocese of Jerusalem in regards to these funds are true, he should present the evidence of this.” That is, Bishop Anis Mouneer (also the Primate of the Province) is saying pay, negotiate with the Province, or end up in court.
And then there is the matter of the Diocese of Lake Malawi, which now seems to be in great financial difficulty following years of unrest and distrust. A news article on the matter may be found HERE. Some quotes:
"Financial crisis in the Diocese of Lake Malawi – troubles in the Malawian dioceses and Zimbabwe again – a continuing saga of poor episcopal oversight
The Diocese of Lake Malawi has a serious financial crisis. This has been expected for sometime. Disillusioned donors have increasingly withheld funding in response to what is perceived as a failure on the part of the Central African Provincial bishops to conduct free and fair elections to the vacant sees of the Dioceses of Upper Shire, Northern and Lake Malawi.""Priests in the Diocese of Lake Malawi have been informed that they will not be paid this month and that there is great uncertainty about the future. ...
The problem of what are perceived to be inappropriate ‘elections’ contrived by the bishops to the dioceses have had outcomes as follows:
Upper Shire: Bishop Brighton Malasa who has the unfortunate distinction of being the world’s youngest Anglican Bishop is reported to be favouring young priests and sidelining older and more experienced clergy.
Northern Malawi: The consecration of The Rev’d Leslie Mtekateka elected in August last year has been further delayed due to allegations of serious personal misconduct.
Lake Malawi: The Court Injunction brought by an unprecedented number of objectors to the election of the Venerable Francis Kaulanda has now been lifted. Nevertheless, Kaulanda’s position is perceived to lack legitimacy after what was seen as an election forced by the Provincial Bishops."
The article goes on to list other matters that would lead to the conclusion that the Province of Central Africa is in a real mess, verging on disaster.
Nothing of all this is in any way brought forward by these Global South Primates who are quite glad to point out what they consider the moral failings of TEC and the ACoC in blessing committed relationships and electing faithful persons as bishops.
So, let's see: condemning TEC and ACoC for supporting vocations to commitment and to ministry is OK, but don't notice the rot in the corner of their house. It's OK to condemn TEC and ACoC for lawsuits, but never mind the need to do so elsewhere. Blast TEC for deposing bishops who have clearly disavowed the vows they took at their ordination, but God forbid that anyone should point out the ecclesial war in Harare.
These epistolary Primates are clear that those awful old colonialist western churches are wrong. Still, the righteousness suit doesn't seem to fit the new post-colonialist southern churches either.
But Primates Orombi, Anis and Ernest don't seem to see that. To bad about payback. The Beam in the eye is of more blinding than a lot of motes.