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Lambeth: Orombi attacks Williams

Updated Friday morning
The full article in The Times by Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi can be read at The Church cannot heal this crisis of betrayal.

And Ruth Gledhill writes about it: Rowan Williams betrayed churches over gay bishop, says African leader

Ruth Gledhill reports: Lambeth Diary: Rowan accused of ‘betrayal’

In a comment piece in tomorrow’s Times, the Archbishop of Uganda, Henry Orombi, will accuse the Arcbishop of Canterbury of a betrayal at the very deepest level. He will argue that even the Pope is elected by his peers, but Dr Williams in his office is little better than a remnant of colonialism.

Also, in The Times Cardinal Kasper is reported to have been very negative, see Catholic-Anglican relations reach new low over women bishops

The full text of this is now available in English at Zenit Cardinal Kasper to Anglican Communion

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Sara MacVane
Sara MacVane
12 years ago

a note to Simon: You might wish to remind people that David Stancliffe and Tom Wright wrote a joint answer to Cardinal Kasper’s polemic against women bishops. Also note that the Anglican Communion has had women priests for more than 30 years and women bishops for almost as long.

Simon adds:

Yes, and here is the link

http://www.fulcrum-anglican.org.uk/news/2006/20060721kasper.cfm?doc=126

Lapinbizarre
Lapinbizarre
12 years ago

The link to Orombi’s September 2007 “so much money” interview, which I just posted to Ms Gledhill’s blog, seems, for some reason or other, to be “down”. Anyone know where else it might be found?

http://www.anglicantv.org/blog/index.cfm/2007/9/9/Archbishop-Henry-Orombi

Davis d'Ambly
Davis d'Ambly
12 years ago

How one goes from “absolutely null and utterly void” to the cardinal’s loss of “hope for recognition of Anglican orders” is a mystery to me.

john
john
12 years ago

If this is true, where will it leave Tom Wright’s ringing endorsement of +Orombi in his ‘authority of the bible’ talk? Thoughts of eggs come to mind.

Doxy
Doxy
12 years ago

Point of information: how are bishops chosen in Uganda?

choirboyfromhell
choirboyfromhell
12 years ago

Is this person for real? How can Gays and ‘Lebians’ [her spelling, not mine] be equated with people actively committing bodily assault be taken seriously? Obviously one of the those “Fleet Street” sensationalists one hears about occasionally in the states, that command as about as much respect as our supermarket tabloids.

And who appoints Archbishop Orombi? Sounds like the pot calling the kettle….or a spoiled child whining because they didn’t get there way, but wouldn’t help themselves to attend, ’cause they might have to listen to something/somebody that they didn’t want to hear from.

Absolute nonsense.

Cynthia Gilliatt
Cynthia Gilliatt
12 years ago

“The Roman Catholic Church has finally ended all hope that Anglican priestly orders will ever be recognised as valid.” Who cares? In my smallish city, the RC priest, the two Lutheran pastors, three Episcopal priests, a Prebyterian minister, a Mennonite minister, and assorted Methodists have a text study group that meets to talk about upcoming Sunday lessons. We get on well and feed each other and the validity of each others’ orders doesn’t come up. In the broader religious community, these same people meet with other Christians, as well as people from the local mosque and synagogue in an Interfaith… Read more »

Simon Sarmiento
12 years ago

lapin the link works for me.

Treebeard
Treebeard
12 years ago

Really what is this ‘recognion of orders’ stuff (about) ? I have no trouble with my own, or anyone else’s ‘orders’. And yes, some ministries or bits of ministry do seem nul or void (the Cardinal’s latest utterances don’t do much for me !), but entire minisstries over years and years ? Even the whiskey priest’s ministry wasn’t nulland void ! (Greene) But each act of ministry either works for me or not. But may work for you ( that sermon I ahted and you loved …). I don’t seen the credentials of the ‘minister’ as at all relevant– when… Read more »

Lapinbizarre
Lapinbizarre
12 years ago

Thanks Simon. Odd, because I’ve tried without success to access the interview at two separate locations, but eight other Anglican TV Orombi videos come up without hitch. Good job I’m not paranoid!

susan hedges
susan hedges
12 years ago

Well, Simon, it didn’t work for me in Safari or Firefox and they have both been recently updated.

Robert Ian Williams
Robert Ian Williams
12 years ago

They’ve been saying the same thing for 30 years and the dialogue still rolls on.

john
john
12 years ago

Cynthia, I agree on one level: who cares? Especially, Anglicans simply don’t need this pathetic ‘what will the Pope say’ attitude? As for practical cooperation, what you say is heartening. Even more heartening is when people of different denominations take communion together. As you will know (I assume you’re American), TEC offers this to all Christians (and sometimes more) and so does the C of E (sometimes restricted to all baptised). What great and glorious churches they are! No doubt, the American Presbyterian Church is to be included in their number. On their side, there are certainly RC priests in… Read more »

JCF
JCF
12 years ago

“The Roman Catholic Church has finally ended all hope that Anglican priestly orders will ever be recognised as valid.” {*}

Well, as of long-ago Friday night, everyone (except perhaps a few women) had finally lost all hope that a certain carpenter from Nazareth would be recognized as messiah, too?

{*} Actually, I’m now noticing the phrase “ended all hope”: sounds like a CHOICE by the (hierarchy of the) RCC, does it not? Lord have mercy…

Erika Baker
Erika Baker
12 years ago

“They’ve been saying the same thing for 30 years and the dialogue still rolls on.”

Saying the same thing for 30 years constitutes “dialogue”?

Leonardo Ricardo
12 years ago

It’s hard to image anyone more annoying, deceptive and dangerous than +Orombi of Uganda…+Henri’s fogged up spiritual/emotional world view is especially noticeable when attacking the endlessly “good intentioned” Archbishop of Canterbury…a “first amongst equals” who often and wrongly accepts +Orombi’s point of view as genuine and his aggressivenes honorable.

Simon Kershaw
Admin
12 years ago

The Archbishop of Uganda seems rather to have missed the point of the office of Archbishop of Canterbury. No one pretends that it has any legitimacy as the chief executive of the Communion. It deliberately does not have any such authority, and does not and should not pretend that it does. If Canterbury were elected by some wider process then that would give it a legitimacy and authority — but then it would not be properly Anglican.

Old Father William
Old Father William
12 years ago

There was a discussion similar to this one about a week ago, and I’ll say once again that “validity” has ceased to worry or interest me. The trouble is, as Fr. Robert Capon has said in his wonderful books, that human beings hanker after systems, whereby they can be in control, instead of God – in control of who’s “in” and who’s “out, who’s right and who’s wrong, who are the winners and who are the losers. But the Kingdom which Jesus came to proclaim is not about systems, debits, or credits, but all about grace. He showed very little… Read more »

Neil
Neil
12 years ago

As you will know (I assume you’re American), TEC offers this to all Christians (and sometimes more) and so does the C of E (sometimes restricted to all baptised). What great and glorious churches they are!

I am a little confused John. Surely Christians become so by virtue of baptism?

Lapinbizarre
Lapinbizarre
12 years ago

Re the Anglican TV interview, let me rephrase, Simon. The link goes to the appropriate page for the September 2007 interview, but will not bring up the video. The screen remains blank. Does the video play on your pc?

Ren Aguila
Ren Aguila
12 years ago

And don’t forget–it may be the Roman or Orthodox hierarchy who doesn’t want women (who knows what change that’ll bring?), but the lower you go, you may get a different answer. I think Cardinal Kasper, no matter how brilliant a man he is (and I have met him and seen this for myself), is only “doing his job” so to speak, but I wonder how he and other Curial officials would benefit from a more gender-balanced approach to solving pastoral questions. The Roman Church only has one woman, Dr. Mary Ann Glendon, heading a high-level advisory panel (and who happens… Read more »

Robert Ian Williams
Robert Ian Williams
12 years ago

If ARCIC is to continue legitimately I want women bishops on it….and lay reprs ( as Anglicanism is not excluisvely run by bishops but Synodical)it is not genuine dialogue if the women are kept at home.

orfanum
orfanum
12 years ago

In the context of another species of colonialism, I once came across a piece which said in effect that the mores of the old colonial power persist longer in the land of the once colonized than they do in the metropole. If the Bishop of Uganda and his ilk truly seek a post-colonial AC, then they had best start questioning the Victorian values that underpin this and other, similar criticisms we have heard voiced at Conference regarding sexuality. The “remnant of imperial colonialism” no longer resides in the ‘Mother Country’. I say Amen to a post-colonial scenario but it will… Read more »

Peter of Westminster
Peter of Westminster
12 years ago

“Point of information: how are bishops chosen in Uganda?” — Doxy

I’d like to know, too.

Treebeard
Treebeard
12 years ago

Marvellous ! Imust llook out for this writer.

‘There was a discussion similar to this one about a week ago, and I’ll say once again that “validity” has ceased to worry or interest me. The trouble is, as Fr. Robert Capon …’
OFW

Posted by: Old Father William on Thursday, 31 July 2008 at 10:41pm

Father Ron Smith
Father Ron Smith
12 years ago

Robert Ian Williams, why would you, as a newly-minted Roman Catholic, want women bishops on the ARCIC Commission. Surely your Holy Father would not permit such a departure from Roman Order?

Does your local bishop know what you are advocating on this site?

Walsingham
Walsingham
12 years ago

Cardinal Kasper’s remark about recognition of Anglican orders seems to have flown over a lot of people’s heads. Once again, what many people don’t seem to realize is that Apostolicae Curae, the papal statement where Anglican orders were declared “utterly null and void”, only describes the Roman view as of 1896, when the statement was made. A number of things have changed since then. First and foremost, in 1931 the Anglican Communion and the Old Catholics in the Union of Utrecht signed the Bonn Agreement establishing full communion. Ever since, Old Catholic bishops have participated (as a matter of course… Read more »

Ren Aguila
Ren Aguila
12 years ago

I stand corrected; Glendon is not a doctor.

And more importantly for some TEC feminists, she is a strong advocate of Rome’s brand of complementarist feminism–one which is used, of course, to say that women just can’t be ordained.

cryptogram
cryptogram
12 years ago

Walsingham is broadly correct, but Rome’s ground for dismissing Anglican orders has shifted. The old “defect of intention” which featured in Apostolicae Curae was fairly swiftly sunk by Anglican scholars who pointed out that early pontificals lacked the formulae which Rome said were necessary. However, it has now re-appeared, on the grounds that, if women are ordained, then there is a defect of intention since Catholic orders cannot be conferred on a woman (a variant of William Oddy’s “Anchovy Paste” argument which was used by some anti-OW Anglicans 25 years ago). So, whatever Anglican Bishops ordaining women may think they… Read more »

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