Sudan chides US and backs ACNA

19 December 2011

by Ed Beavan

THE Archbishop of Sudan, Dr Daniel Deng Bul, has barred the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States, Dr Katharine Jefferts Schori, from visiting his province because of the US Church’s stance on sexuality.

The Virtue Online website reports that the Sudanese House of Bishops has written to Dr Jefferts Schori withdrawing an invitation to the Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS). The letter acknowledges the Presid­ing Bishop’s “personal efforts to spear­head prayer and support” for the Sudanese Church, but says that “it re­mains difficult for us to invite you when elements of your Church con­tinue to flagrantly disregard biblical teaching on human sexuality.” It refers to the consecration of gay bishops and the blessing of same-sex relationships.

The statement announces that the ECS “is recognizing the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) fully as true faithful Orthodox Church”. It says, however, that it will work with those US parishes and dio­ceses “who are Evangelical Orthodox Churches and faithful to God”.

It describes the Episcopal Church in the US as being “not concerned for the unity of the Communion”.

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