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the other statement from Sudan

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This evening, the other statement issued yesterday by the Sudanese bishops has been published by ACNS. This is headed Statement of the Sudanese Bishops to the Lambeth Conference on the Situation in Sudan and it starts out with this:

We, the Sudanese Bishops gathering at the Lambeth Conference, would like on behalf of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan (ECS) and the whole Sudanese people, to acknowledge and appreciate your prayers and support during the 21 years of war in Southern Sudan and in reaching the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement / Army (SPLM/A) on 9th January 2005. The CPA provides the basis for a just and sustainable peace in the Sudan. We give thanks to God for the agreement and express our support for all efforts to ensure its full and timely implementation.

After 21 years of war, in which more than 2 million people lost their lives and more than 4 million people have become refugees or internally displaced, we are greatly encouraged at the new future offered by the CPA. However, we remain deeply concerned that the conflict in Darfur, in Western Sudan, continues unabated, and at the localized conflict in several places which threatens stability and the sustainability of peace…

Please do read it all.

A helpfully annotated copy with hyperlinks added, can be found here. Thank you, Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation.

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Spirit of Vatican II
12 years ago

Cardinal Dias diagnosed cases of Anglican Altzeimer’s. He himself is accused of the same New Age softening by traditionalists: http://www.traditioninaction.org/Questions/B054_DiasHinduDeity.shtml. Like Archbishop Deng he needs to come down closer to where people are living.

Benedict XVI and John Paul II are seen as crypto-Buddhist by the same critics. http://www.traditioninaction.org/RevolutionPhotos/A122rcBuddhistRatzinger.htm

Treebeard
Treebeard
12 years ago

If only rc bishops were more Buddhist and more crypto–it would help !

Jay Vos
12 years ago

Maybe a bit o/t to this post, but Mark Vernon, whom I have discovered on TA has written about Sudan and Bp Robinson

http://www.markvernon.com/friendshiponline/dotclear/index.php?2008/07/23/1013-sudan-is-at-war-should-gene-robinson-resign

drdanfee
drdanfee
12 years ago

Cardinal Diaz continues to tilt against a straw man secularism of his own arugmentative perceptions, just as observors outside faith communities often fail to grasp an insider’s view and understanding. I for one will take modernity over the fantasy comparisons – i.e., the high medieval period? – when it comes to global life. Yes we have struggles and problems in this century. Still one may be deeply grateful that we need not be blinded by all the items on the corrections lists to quite the same extent as before – we are not sustaining quite the degree of no questions… Read more »

Jay Vos
12 years ago

And I thought that Pope Benedict had said he’s not making any public comment on Anglican doings, specifically the CofE synod vote on women bishops, right? But the Pope must have approved what Cardinal Diaz was going to say, right? (It’s a very top-down church, innit?) But this calling our troubles Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s demeans and minimizes the real effects of this terrible affliction on the real people who live with it every day! I would ask Cardinal Diaz, where is the charity in his words? Does he ‘respect the diginity’ of his fellow humans? This kind of name-calling and… Read more »

John
John
12 years ago

I think we ‘liberals’ should engage with this. It’s a terrific statement, humbling, moving, informative, full of practicality and love and compassion and devotion to Anglicanism. This from ‘homophobic’ bishops (I dislike the term as inaccurate but it will do). My conclusion is that, while not abating one jot from our support for ‘gay rights’ (again inaccurate but it will do), we also support these outstandingly virtuous Anglicans in their noble efforts to help their people – and not only Christians but also Muslims. On a base level, so far as Anglican politics is concerned, although the two statements are… Read more »

Ford Elms
Ford Elms
12 years ago

Amen, John!

Göran Koch-Swahne
12 years ago

The atrocities in Sudan going back quarter of a century is serious, not to be played around with by irresponsible clerics such as +Deng.

Reality from Sudan: http://black-gay-arab.blogspot.com

Reality from Uganda: http://gayuganda.blogspot.com

Reality from the USA: http://my-manner-of-life.blogspot.com

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