Monday, November 22, 2004

If liberals want to keep the Anglican Communion together . . .

. . . they sure have a funny way of showing it. It’s bad enough that ++Griswold among other liberal bishops have pretty much said they will ignore the Windsor Report’s call for a moratorium on same-sex blessings. Now certain liberals are committing the ultimate Anglican sin toward Global South Primates.

They are being *gasp* rude!

Yes. Anglicans being rude! Shocking, but true! The liberal ECUSA bishop of Alabama, Henry Parsley (one of the six liberals in that state), had the temerity to muzzle the Archbishop of Uganda at the conservative Church of Ascension in Montgomery. According to a report from the parish, Bishop Parsley insisted on speaking before ++Orombi, then used his *cough* welcome to state the Primate had been invited to speak only about common missionary activity. That cut ++Orombi’s sermon a bit short.

To add backhanded insult to injury, uberliberal Louie Crew later remarked on the sermon being too short and said the parish had once been a bastion of segregation, which is historically not true.

Even the Archbishop of Canterbury is not immune to this outbreak of Anglican bad manners . ++Rowan Williams was invited – twice – to attend the recent and first all-Africa conference of Anglican bishops. One would think this was a good opportunity for ++Rowan to mend some fences. But he declined both invitations.

Angered by this ill-timed snub, a motion was made at the conference to censure Dr. Williams for his absence. In spite of senior bishops pleading against this motion, it came to a vote and was defeated by only a three-to-two margin.

Such conduct makes me wonder if the ABC and liberal Northern Anglican leaders really want to keep the South in the Anglican Communion. Like I said, if they do, they have a funny way of showing it.

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