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African bishops conference: funding

The Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa has made the following announcement:

CLARIFICATION FROM CAPA SECRETARIAT

This is to follow up the need for clarification on the grant that CAPA received from Trinity in regard to the All Africa Bishops Conference organized by CAPA and hosted by the Church of Uganda (COU). The Church of Uganda was not happy that it was associated with this grant. This is to certify that the Church of Uganda was not the recipient of this grant. The Church of Uganda because of the ongoing disagreement on the doctrinal issues with the Anglican Communion severed its partnership with TEC and its related organs. CAPA Secretariat respects the position of the Church of Uganda with integrity and it is in this spirit that an apology was made to COU. Within the CAPA family however there are Provinces who have continued to partner with TEC and its related agencies in development programs despite their disapproval of TEC’s actions. The CAPA secretariat has the obligation to work and accompany all the member Provinces. In this regard the grant partly made it possible for those bishops from financially challenged dioceses to travel to the conference.

H/T to Episcopal Café which also has links to the background materials here.

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Joe
Joe
11 years ago

A friend of mine, vicar of an urban parish in Ontario, has an eclectic mix in his congregation. He has a real mix of parishioners, and a real mix of views on sexuality and even on women’s ordination. Some of the people with the strongest views even campaign on the issues. I asked him how the congregation managed to stay together and worship together with such disagreements. And he answered that they simply didn’t want to split from each other. I asked why, and he said matter-of-factly that they actually loved each other, differences and all.

’nuff said, I thought….

Leonardo Ricardo
11 years ago

Oh NO! A THOUSAND times NO! ++Orombi, his HOB´s and those associated with the Ugandan holy take-over ¨ecclesiastical protection¨ scheme/capers of various TEC parishes from California to Georgia pending at State Supreme Courts (on appeal as they´ve previous lost) in The United States ARE squeaky CLEAN…+Orombi/associates manos are untarnished by $$$ gelt! I told you they are squeaky CLEAN! I MEAN, squeaky clean and they are untainted by ¨foreign¨ money…¨follow the money¨ and see if you don´t believe me! Let´s see, let´s see what they choose for you to see.

Neel Smith
Neel Smith
11 years ago

Is this just a wordy way of saying, “pecunia non olet”?

Charlotte
Charlotte
11 years ago

I think it means that CAPA *won’t* be returning the money. (But was CAPA the recipient? If not CAPA, who?)

I think it means that they’d like to go on getting TEC’s money. (That’s what they mean by “partnering with TEC.”) Everyone but Uganda, apparently, wants to keep right on collecting funds, just as if nothing had happened.

However, I fail to see why anyone in this group should be funded by TEC. There are plenty of “clean” and financially transparent humanitiarian organizations doing good work in the same region. Let’s fund them instead.

peterpi
peterpi
11 years ago

Neal Smith, it may be a way for CAPA to say that, for some of its members, TEC’s pecunia does not olet, but for the COU it does.
God forbid (seemingly literally, in the case of the COU) that money from TEC or its constituent churches should find its way toward helping impoverished bishops and dioceses.
Although, I find it odd that a church within TEC would fund bishops attending a conference where TEC was royally denounced.
But then, maybe Trinity has more caritas then I do.

David | Dah•veed |
David | Dah•veed |
11 years ago

Just so folks understand. This was not TEC’s money. This was money, in the form of a grant, from Trinity Church, Wall Street, NYC. Trinity is said to be the wealthiest Episcopal/Anglican parish in the world. The church granted the money, US$25,000, to fund the All Africa Bishops Conference, a week long gathering in August [2010] that will address the emerging pastoral and contextual education concerns in Africa. I am sure that was just a drop in the bucket for the amount of money needed to host that many fat cat African bishops in the style to which mostly their… Read more »

Father Ron Smith
11 years ago

Saint Francis of Assisi was disposed to call money by the common name of ordure. The only benefit of it is to promote growth. This reminds of the story about clergy – with the same function. Singly, they can be of great use, but gathered in piles (GAFCON) they can just smell.

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