The Primate of the Church of Uganda, Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, has attacked the Episcopal Church in America on the tenth anniversary of the election of Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire. Archbishop Ntagali said the unbiblical decision has torn the fabric of the Anglican Communion at its deepest level.
The Archbishop was referring to the booklet Repair the Tear published in 2004 by Anglican Mainstream UK and the Church of England Evangelical Council, an assessment of the Windsor Report. Nine years since publication of the report, Archbishop Ntagali lamented that the homosexual crisis in the church still exists and is deepening, with no signs of improving.
“There were many attempts by the primates of the Anglican Communion to bring discipline to the American Church, but they were not implemented. And, so the spiritual cancer has spread,” he said. The Archbishop added: “It has infected the Anglican church in Canada, the Church of England, the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Church of Wales, and even the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.”
Addressing journalists at the Provincial offices in Namirembe, Kampala, Archbishop Ntagali observed that the decision only makes the brokenness of the Communion worse and is particularly disheartening coming from the mother church. He said the growing crisis has prompted the Church of Uganda in partnership with the Archbishop of Nigeria and the other archbishops of east Africa to organise the second Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) with the aim of reviving biblical faith and agreements within the Anglican Communion.
“We are going to GAFCON 2 in Nairobi, Kenya, to see that the biblical faith spreads like revival throughout the whole Anglican communion, so that global Anglicanism is brought back to its biblical and evangelistic faith,” said Archbishop Ntagali, appealing to believers to pray and support it financially.
The first GAFCON was held five years ago in Jerusalem leading to the creation of a global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans led by a Primates Council that called for the creation of a new Bible-believing Anglican province in North America. “That new Anglican province has now been created and is thriving; called the Anglican Church in North America,” he added.
Changing Attitude understands that in private, the Archbishops views may be more moderate than those he expressed at the press event. Ten years ago, conservatives threatened schism and set about creating an alternative Anglican Communion. This did not come to pass. The prime supporters of GAFCON, the Diocese of Sydney and the coalition of schismatic groups in North America have passed the peak of their zeal to reform the Anglican Communion. Despite the threats still issued by, primarily, bishops in Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda, the Communion still exists and functions and the majority in the Communion have no desire to leave.