Ugandan bishops shun Lambeth

30 May 2007

by Pat Ashworth

Turning down the invitation: the Most Revd Henry Orombi EPISCOPAL LIFE

Turning down the invitation: the Most Revd Henry Orombi EPISCOPAL LIFE

UGANDAN bishops will not be attending the Lambeth Conference next year, a statement from the Archbishop of Uganda, the Most Revd Henry Orombi, made clear on Wednesday.

The move follows the invitations to Lambeth issued by the Archbishop of Canterbury, which, though excluding the Bishop of New Hampshire, the Rt Revd Gene Robinson, include the bishops of the Episcopal Church in the United States (ECUSA) (News, 25 May). The Ugandan Bishops’ decision is in line with a resolution made at the Bishops’ meeting in December, and with the contents of a pastoral letter written by Archbishop Orombi in November (News, 29 December).

The Bishops resolved unanimously to support the statement, Road to Lambeth, made by the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA), which declares: “We will definitely not attend any Lambeth Conference to which the violators of the Lambeth resolution are also invited as participants or observers.”

In his pastoral letter, Archbishop Orombi said: “We are praying about whether our House of Bishops should attend and participate.” He went on to describe ECUSA as seeming “even more committed to their erring ways”. He also reiterated that he could not sit at a Primates’ Meeting with the Presiding Bishop of ECUSA, Dr Katharine Jefferts Schori.

Archbishop Orombi stated on Wednesday: “We note that all the American bishops who consented to, participated in, and have continued to support the consecration of a man living in a homosexual relationship have been invited to the Lambeth Conference. These are Bishops who have violated the Lambeth Resolution 1:10. . .

“Accordingly, the House of Bishops of the Church of Uganda stands by its resolve to uphold the Road to Lambeth.”


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