Friday, 27 December 2013

More on Pilling from Uganda and elsewhere

Archbishop Stanley Ntagali of Uganda has criticised the Pilling report in his Christmas Message:

…We believe the Bible is the authoritative Word of God and trustworthy to tell us the Truth. Unfortunately, some in the Anglican Communion members no longer believe the Bible is the infallible Word of God. That’s why I and other Archbishops from the Global South, Sydney, and the Anglican Church in North America organized the second Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) in October in Nairobi. We were altogether 1358 delegates worldwide. These included 169 delegates from Uganda. We are so determined to refuse anything that contradicts the Biblical authority without fear or compromise. I appeal to all Ugandans to join us in this struggle to protect our God given rights.

We are very concerned that our mother Church of England is moving in a very dangerous direction. They are following the path the Americans in the Episcopal Church took that caused us to break communion with them ten years ago.

The Church of England is now recommending that same-sex relationships be blessed in the church. Even though they are our mother, I want you to know that we cannot and we will not go in that direction. We will resist them and, with our other GAFCON brothers and sisters, will stand with those in the Church of England who continue to uphold the Bible as the Word of God and promote Biblical faith and morality…

There is a series of articles on the Pilling report on the Oak Hill Blog which can be accessed from this page.

Forward in Faith North America has issued this Statement on the Pilling Report.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Friday, 27 December 2013 at 11:05pm GMT | TrackBack
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Unlike the English FiF, whose congregations are members of the Church of England, FiF North America is a rag-bag of congregations from a number of schismatics groups, to whom the Pilling report should be of no interest whatever. Virtually none of its members are affiliated with TEC.

Posted by: Lapinbizarre/Roger Mortimer on Saturday, 28 December 2013 at 2:53am GMT

It's the season of Christmas. Emmanuel, God-with-us, Alleluia.

But all I can say in response to this, is KYRIE ELEISON. Lord Jesus, CONVERT all hate-filled hearts!

Posted by: JCF on Saturday, 28 December 2013 at 7:07am GMT

African Archbishops and Bishops like those of Nigeria and Uganda can continue to comment and make press statements about the internal affairs of the mother Church, the Church of England, denouncing and rebuking them for trying to fulfil the gospel by attempting to offer some welcoming space to lgbt people. The Pilling report in my understanding is not even recommending full marriage or civil partnership rights in the church? Yet the homophobic and divisive African bishops are crying a river and threaten to say we will not accept it as if they are been asked to. My worry and anger is why the Bishops of the Church of England are keeping silent as Nigeria and Uganda both passed Jail the Gays Bill as Christmas presents to an unwelcoming and homophobic society. These draconian bills were fully supported by the Nigeria and Uganda Church. Yet no voices from the Church of England. Even Thinking Anglicans did not report that of Nigeria, I like to get some answers.

Posted by: Davis Mac-Iyalla on Saturday, 28 December 2013 at 10:47am GMT

This cleric attacks the Church of England over the Pilling Report, as he sees it, from a matter of principle. He is doing what he thinks is right. However much I think he is wrong, he has the courage of HIS convictions. Are there any English bishops who have courageous convictions that would cause them to speak out as a matter of principle? The silence over the recent Ugandan anti-homosexual law and the support given to it by Anglican bishops is deafening. No doubt it will be whispered that there are actions being taken by the Archbishop of Canterbury behind the scenes. But what is known is that English Bishops are silent and complicit in their episcopal brothers actions.
Where is the media uproar? Why are religious commentators silent too? Have they no understanding of what is happening? Only persistent public pressure will make the Archbishop of Canterbury speak out. I fear he is a pragmatic cleric.

Posted by: commentator on Saturday, 28 December 2013 at 11:10am GMT

I suspect that one of the reasons for the silence of Church of England bishops is a misplaced sense of colonial guilt which they feel precludes them from comment . What a shame that the C of E doesn't have a bishop or archbishop of Ugandan origin who could look these African bishops directly in the eye and ..... oh, I forgot , we do have such an Archbishop.
Cutting up your collar on TV in a " spontaneous " gesture is easy. Words are what are needed now, and silence could so easily be taken for tacit agreement, which will only provide further encouragement .

Posted by: Salopian on Saturday, 28 December 2013 at 11:38am GMT

It is indeed most unfortunate that CoE leadership had much to say about ++Gene Robinson, and nothing to say about egregious violations of human rights.

It puts CoE leadership tacitly in league with the human rights violators. And that is all wrapped up in the name of Christianity somehow.

What is happening in Uganda and Nigeria with "Jail the Gays" is appalling. If the church can't respond to injustice, what can it respond to?

Posted by: Cynthia on Saturday, 28 December 2013 at 12:22pm GMT

As Davis Mac-Iyalla and Cynthia note above, these comments are coming at the exact moment that the Church of Uganda (and Nigeria, for that matter) are supporting, in the name of Jesus Christ, tyrannical and repressive laws.

Their "moral" condemnation of the Pilling Report, or of my Episcopal Church for that matter, carries not a gram of weight with me. Perhaps they are right to demand schism, and to claim that we do not follow the same Lord. I believe in the Jesus who warned us to judge not, that we be not judged. I am finding it very, very hard to follow that precept in this case.

All that anger aside, I know this: Christ is with the persecuted, and never, ever favors persecution.

Lord, have mercy.

Posted by: John Wirenius on Saturday, 28 December 2013 at 2:42pm GMT

But, Lapinbizarre, Forward In Faith North America's November 2013 newsletter (on their website) says: "...we, along with all of the jurisdictions represented by our membership, are rapidly becoming the only game in town, and in the world, to interact and promote the historic catholic faith."

That puts the Church of England, the Roman Catholic Church, the Orthodox Churches, and the rest of us, firmly in our place, no?

Posted by: badman on Saturday, 28 December 2013 at 4:31pm GMT

That being so, badman - if it is so - serves to underline the irrelevance to them of the Pilling report.

Posted by: Lapinbizarre/Roger Mortimer on Saturday, 28 December 2013 at 6:23pm GMT

"…We believe the Bible is the authoritative Word of God and trustworthy to tell us the Truth. Unfortunately, some in the Anglican Communion members no longer believe the Bible is the infallible Word of God."

I wonder what translation of the Bible they are using? Really? Scholarship that goes to the original languages and culture have a very different perspective on the "infallible word." They are taking poor translations and using them to influence laws that are human rights violations.

Posted by: Cynthia on Monday, 30 December 2013 at 4:38pm GMT

"The infallible Word of God' is securely located, not in any book - holy as it might be - but rather in the Incarnate Son of God, the eternal Word-made-flesh, whose Naming we celebrate today.

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 at 9:43pm GMT

I have met ++Stanley Ntagali and respect his ministry hugely but he is allowing his dioceses to be distracted by second order issues.

Posted by: Anthony Archer on Wednesday, 1 January 2014 at 12:30am GMT
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