Global South Primates Don’t Take Communion At Primates Meeting

From the Church of Nigeria Website; tat tip to Peter Ould:

SITTING AT THE LORD’S TABLE:

Statement from Global South Primates

CONN/100207

A number of the Global South Primates have not shared in the Holy Eucharist
today with their fellow primates. They include Abp. Peter Akinola, Abp John
Chew, Abp. Benjamin Nzimbi, Abp Justice Akrofi, Abp. Henry Orombi, Abp.
Gregory Venables, and Abp. Emmanuel Kolini. They represent more than 30
million faithful Anglicans. They have released this statement:

“We each take the celebration of the Holy Eucharist very seriously. This
deliberate action is a poignant reminder of the brokenness of the Anglican
Communion. It makes clear that the torn fabric of the Church has been torn
further. It is a consequence of the decision taken by our provinces to
declare that our relationship with The Episcopal Church is either broken or
severely impaired.

Scripture teaches that before coming to sit with one another at the Lord’s
Table we must be reconciled. (Matthew 5:23-26 and 1 Corinthians 11:27-29) We
have made repeated calls for repentance by The Episcopal Church and its
leadership with no success. We continue to pray for a change of heart.

We are unable to come to the Holy Table with the Presiding Bishop of The
Episcopal Church because to do so would be a violation of Scriptural
teaching and the traditional Anglican understanding, “Ye that do truly and
earnestly repent you of your sins, and are in love and charity with your
neighbours, and intend to lead a new life, following the commandments of
God, and walking from henceforth in his holy ways; Draw near with faith”
(Book of Common Prayer)

This is a painful decision for us and also for our host and brother, the
Most Rev¹d Donald Mtetemela. He understands our painful dilemma and accepts
our decision. Pray for the Church.”

Friday, February 16, 2007
White Sands Hotel, Jangwani Beach, Tanzania

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