Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Uganda: Orombi will not sit with Jefferts Schori at Primates Meeting

Drawing upon several sources, Episcopal News Service has posted this story:

The Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Uganda, the Most Rev. Henry Luke Orombi, has said that he and other Global South Primates have informed the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, that they "cannot sit together with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori at the upcoming Primates Meeting in February," citing her position on the Bible's teachings about "faith and morality."

In a pastoral letter to Christians of the Church of Uganda, Orombi said that some Primates have asked Williams to invite a bishop from the Anglican Communion Network "to attend the Primates Meeting and represent the orthodox believers."

Jefferts Schori will be the first woman among the leaders, or Primates, of the Anglican Communion when they next convene in Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania in February, but in his pastoral letter Orombi insisted that his "problem" with the Episcopal Church is "not that they have enthroned a woman as their Presiding Bishop."

The Kigali communiqué, issued after a meeting of Global South leaders in Rwanda in September, noted that "some of us will not be able to recognize Katharine Jefferts Schori as a Primate at the table with us."

Although the communiqué cited 20 signatories, a number of Anglican leaders later disavowed the statement. It is unclear to which Primates Orombi refers in his letter . . . .
Go to the Episcopal News Service for the full story and the complete text of Archbishop Orombi's letter.

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