Monday, 30 August 2010

African Bishops Conference Statement

The full text of the Conference Statement of the Second All Africa Bishops Conference is now available here.

This statement is separate from the CAPA Primates statement which was published earlier.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Monday, 30 August 2010 at 7:45am BST | TrackBack
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The Statement by the African bishops seems very comprehensive, and very clear in its recognition about the problems they face as Africans. Article five articulates an expected position on the so called covenant and the cues reference a theological framework that has few surprises. But beyond that, surely, the attention paid to Africa's challenges and problems which comprise the bulk of the statement can resonate with all concerned people here in the so called developed world. The statement on the whole seems to be a good one. It is crucial that we find ways to partner with African churches regarding the struggles they face. As a footnote, I wish Anglicans in my part of the world would refrain from characterizing group discussion techniques as "indaba" style groups. This kind of rhetorical tactic may actually be making matters worse rather than better--and is very condescending.

Posted by: Rod Gillis on Monday, 30 August 2010 at 3:41pm BST

One would think that having an organized Anglican Christian presence in Africa would be a good thing, and I would jump to support it. But, frankly, I'm not sure that the African Anglican Church is a good, healthy thing. This is the first time I've thought that an Anglican presence in an area might be destructive and toxic. If the bishops can't grasp biology, how can they grasp the complex science of global warming? Is part of their AIDS ministry going to be telling people it's their own fault for participating in unnatural sex acts? Are they going to bring intelligence and compassion to the struggles Africa faces, or are they going set up new barriers? I'm sad, but the faith I had that Anglicanism is productive and healthy when dealing with these issues is lost when it comes to the African church.

Their hand has essentially said to our foot that they don't need us as part of their body. Why should I support them?

Posted by: Ashpenaz on Monday, 30 August 2010 at 10:57pm BST

"1. In a spirit of unity and trust, and in an atmosphere of love the Primates of the Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa (CAPA) as well as Archbishop John Chew, the Chairman of the Global South, which represents the majority of the active orthodox membership in the entire Anglican Communion..."
- CAPA Primates Statement -

To say that the Global South 'represents the majority of the active orthodox membership in the entire Anglican Communion' represents a slap in the face for the rest of us who claim Anglicanism as our basic Church structure. This attitude of sheer hubris on the part of those who compiled this statement (probably the American Hangers-on) demonstrates the absolute determination of the schismatics to go their own way.

I say "GO, With our Blessing".

Of course, we all know that not all of the African Primates present would have found comfort in this derisible Statement, and can only hope that the voice of REASON within their sodality will bring some degree of stasbility and hope to the ground-swell of Anglican Christians in Africa.

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Tuesday, 31 August 2010 at 2:50am BST
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