Skip to comments.Primate of Uganda Proposes Altering Constitution
Posted on 09/07/2006 6:52:30 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
The Most Rev. Henry Orombi, Primate of the Church of Uganda, has proposed altering the provincial constitution to clarify its biblical and evangelical character within the Anglican Communion. If approved, the measure would become effective in 2008 and would formalize the 2003 declaration of broken communion with The Episcopal Church, extending the breach to encompass the entire progressive wing of the Communion.
In his presidential address to the biennial assembly of the Church of the Province of Uganda held Aug. 30 at Uganda Christian University in Mukono, Archbishop Orombi asked the assembly to revise its constitution to state the Church of Uganda shall be in full communion with all churches, dioceses and provinces of the Anglican Communion that receive, hold and maintain the Canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the Word of God written.
The Anglican Church of Nigeria, the largest in terms of active members in the Communion, has already adopted a similar measure.
The 2003 consecration of the Rev. Canon V. Gene Robinson as Bishop Coadjutor of New Hampshire had led to broken communion with The Episcopal Church, Archbishop Orombi said in his charge to the province. The election of the Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Bishop of Nevada, as Presiding Bishop added a further strain to the structure and was a set back to hopes for reconciliation because her theology is unacceptable and not a way forward in resolving the crisis facing the Communion.
Unlike the Church of Nigeria, which previously amended its constitution in a similar manner, Bishop Jefferts Schoris gender is not an issue with the Church of Uganda, which permits women to be ordained to the priesthood.
However, the tear will not be repaired [in the fabric of the Communion] as long as ECUSA does not move forward towards repentance, a statement released by the province said.
The Provincial Assembly addressed a number of domestic issues including youth work, HIV/AIDs, reforestation and the 20-year war in Northern Uganda between the government and the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) led by Joseph Kony.
The plight of the people of Northern Uganda has been the subject of resolutions from New York and other diocesan conventions as well as the 1998 Lambeth Conference. Speaking to the 75th General Convention in June, the retired bishop of Kitgum, the Rt. Rev. MacLeord Ochola, stated that terrible crimes against humanity have been committed with impunity in Northern and Northeastern Uganda by the LRA and government soldiers.
Children have been abused and used as child-soldiers, as sex-slaves, and as killing machines against the civil population, Bishop Ochola told convention in June.
Delegates to the meeting last month were also given copies of California mega-church pastor Rick Warrens book, The Purpose-Driven Life, with a commendation from Archbishop Orombi.
I find the post of this pic a bit offensive.
What did you find offensive?
You know I didn't mean to insult the real Primate. So get those knickers out of a knot.
I pulled your post because it might cause further offense; some may have taken the picture to mean the religious leader is an ape.
Cheese and crackers...you even had the little guy pulled by the admin mods.
When I read the title originally that is what came to mind...an orang. Sorry for adding levity just because your title struck me, as an animal lover, as funny.
The word primate also means orang and I thought it was cute. How a religious leader could think I was calling him, not an ape...but a baby orang is ridiculous.
Correction: no one asked for the picture to be removed, I did that on my own - because when every respondent did not take something as funny, a little humor can cause offense.
I see your point...I guess offense, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. I think you know, from looking at the pic, that no offense was intended.
If I thought you intended to be offensive with it, I would have let you know through Freepmail or something else.
Thx. That's nice to know.
Ditto for me.
Thx. I may hit a stupid streak from time to time, but I try not to be hurtful on purpose.
Orangutans are from Borneo and Sumatra, islands in the south Pacific. You'd be more likely to find Gorillas and Chimpanzees in Uganda. Perhaps guerillas, as well ...
Primate is a rather funny name for a religious leader, though.
Unfortunately, I didn't have a great pic of a gorilla. But you should have seen that orang.
It's funny only because biologists use it as a name for the class of animals that includes apes, lemurs, monkeys, and Man. The ecclesiastical use is actually older. In both cases (biological and ecclesiastical) it means "first one" or "one of the highest importance". The Primate of a region is the chief bishop there.
Right turn, Clyde ...
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