Skip to comments.Statement of the Recife32 So That The World May Know
Posted on 09/01/2005 5:16:01 PM PDT by sionnsar
From the Diocese of Recife
September 1, 2005
We, 32 clergy from The Anglican Diocese of Recife, received with shock the decree issued by the suffragan bishop, Filadelfo Oliveira, who has been designated as Episcopal Authority. We are dismayed by the improper and illegal way that this decree has been issued. We have been excommunicated without being accused of anything, without following any official process, without being judged or convicted, without having the right to defend ourselves, and without the opportunity of any appeal.
We understand that this is an unique act in the history of Brazilian Protestantism and it demonstrates that the IEAB (Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil) has strayed far from the Anglican practice and tradition of dialogue. We have been excommunicated whilst waiting for the result of the appeal our diocese made to the Panel of Reference, created by the Archbishop of Canterbury to judge cases of dioceses and parishes that find themselves out of communion with their provinces or dioceses for reason of theological liberalism and a lack of fidelity to the Holy Scriptures.
We represent 40 parishes, missions and preaching points, hundreds of ministries, and thousands of people.
We continue to be fully involved in the exercise of ministry, leading our congregations and doing mission.
At no point have we abandoned the communion of the Anglican Church, but we have broken fellowship with the provincial leadership for the reasons already explained above.
At no point have we broken any of the Diocesan or General Canon Laws.
At no point have we broken our ordination vows.
We appeal to the leadership of the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.
We seek protection for our churches and for our people.
We request the prayers of the whole people of God.
Rev. Côn. Fernando Acosta Rodriguez
Rev. Marcus Throup
Rev. Côn. Washington Franco
Rev. Marconi Alves de Oliveira
Rev. Antônio Costa de Oliveira
Rev. Maurício R. Fernandes Coelho
Rev. Cézar Romero Leal Vieira
Rev. Quintino José Orengo da Silva
Rev. Daniel Barbosa da Silva
Rev. Raniere Almeida de Oliveira
Rev. Décio da Silva
Rev. Tibério Marques da Silva
Rev. Elias Leôncio de Brito Filho
Revda. Juciara Maria do Nascimento
Rev. Estevão Menezes Chiappetta
Revda. Nadja Maria Lins da Silva
Rev. Fred de Melo Souto Lima
Revda. Siméa de Souza Meldrum
Rev. Geison Sávio de H. Vasconcellos
Revda. Solange Cristina Pereira
Rev. Henrique César de Almeida Lacerda
Revda. Veralúcia Lins Silva
Rev. Ian Meldrum
Revda. Vera Lúcia Melo do Nascimento
Rev. Josias Pereira de Souza Júnior
Revmo. Arc. Deão Luiz Souza de França
Rev. Manoel Nunes da Silva Neto
Ven. Arc. Rev. Evilásio Tenório da S Júnior
Rev. Manoel S. Moraes de Almeida
Ven. Arc. Revda. Maria Gorete C.M. Silva
Rev. Márcio Medeiros Meira
Ven. Arc. Rev. Miguel Uchôa Cavalcanti
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