Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Thank Goodness for Fr. Jake!

It's been a long day in parish ministry land and I still have two more committee meetings before I call it a day. (What happened to the good old days when the Episcopal Church just went to Maine for July & August?)

Anyway, on days like this thank goodness for
Fr. Jake who helps keep one abreast of the comings and goings of things Anglican:

On the ongoing property saga in the Diocese of Los Angeles:

You may recall our discussion last month regarding a California Court of Appeal ruling in favor of the Diocese of Los Angeles in their attempt to recover the property held by St. James Anglican Church, Newport Beach; All Saints' Anglican Church, Long Beach; and St. David's Anglican Church, North Hollywood.

I've been informed that the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division 3, entered an order yesterday denying those congregations' petition for rehearing. They now have 10 days to petition for discretionary review by the California Supreme Court.

My, My, My!

On "the Global South:"

A week ago, a statement was issued by a group calling themselves "The Global South Steering Committee." In it, they made statements such as "We in the Global South..." which appear to imply that they are the Anglican voice in that part of the world. No signatures were affixed to this statement, leading some to assume that it had been issued by all the members of the Global South Steering Committee.

We were told that Abp. Orombi of Uganda, who is not a member, was also present for the meeting that issued this statement. Now, a week later, we learn that three Primates, Abps. Malango, Venable and Gomez, were not present for the meeting.

That means that this strong statement, intended by the authors to represent "We in the Global South," was the product of four Archbishops, Akinola, Chew, Anis and Kolini, and Archbishop Orombi, present as a guest.

Contrast this with the Walking to Emmaus consultation currently being held in Spain, at which five Global South Primates are present, and ten of twelve African Provinces are represented.

Let us not mistake those who shout the loudest to necessarily be the true voice of those they claim to represent.

Amen. Amen. Amen!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How sad - "strong" statements on both sides of the fence, people screaming at each other across the fence, celebrating their supposed wins and gloating over the other's supposed losses. And yet, nobody taking the time to pay attention to those who more and more feel their faith is nothing more than a joke because of the actions/statements of those in charge. So, I go and play the organ at my parish, knowing that any semblance of worship is nothing more than needing a paycheck... :(