Jesurgislac’s Journal

July 23, 2008

Call at Lambeth for black bishop to resign post

If the first black bishop in the Anglican Communion were being treated like Gene Robinson:

Hostilities over the Rt Rev Daniel Deng resumed yesterday in Canterbury, as a white primate urged the black Archbishop of Sudan to resign and save the Anglican Communion.

The Rt Rev Simon Legree, Archbishop of Bob Jones, and white colleagues, accused the African Episcopal church of exposing Anglicans to ridicule, and issued a rejection of black bishops. “This has not only caused deep divisions within the communion, but it has seriously harmed the church’s witness, opening the church to ridicule and damaging its credibility in a multi-religious environment.”

The statement is endorsed by more than 150 bishops attending the 10-yearly Lambeth gathering, who between them represent 17 of the 38 provinces in the communion. At a press conference, Legree said: “He [Deng] should resign for the sake of the church. The people who consecrated him should confess to the conference because they created an outcry in the whole Anglican world.”

Around 230 bishops are boycotting the conference because of Deng’s election and the people who consecrated him, said Legree. “Can he not resign to allow the 300 bishops to come back to the house? The norms of the communion have been violated. We’re asking them as Christians to keep the Anglican world intact.”

Though the subject of discussion, Deng himself is not a participant in the gathering, having not been invited by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury. This decision angered the Episcopal church, which until 48 hours ago was lobbying to have him brought back into the fold; white African bishops in a closed meeting expressed anger and hurt over his exclusion. However, the leadership declined to take up the issue, and a growing number of bishops are said to wish to avoid conflict with conference organisers.

Written in reaction to the news that a black archbishop believes the proper reaction to bigotry is to give the bigots what they want: remove the person who offends them. Call at Lambeth for gay bishop to resign post, Riazat Butt, religious affairs correspondent, The Guardian, Wednesday July 23, 2008

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