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The Episcopal Church's Choice

Saturday, April 2, 2005; Page A19

Reference Colbert I. King's March 26 column, "A Tainted Easter Message":

Do you always write this kind of overwhelmingly biased trash, or was Easter just a great moment for cheap shots?

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You used the old angle "see those hypocritical Christians." The heroes are not the folks in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania whose generosity is accompanied by a corrupting influence of revisionist money, pansexuality and corrupted Christianity. When African dioceses have accepted money from nonorthodox dioceses, the Episcopal News Service crows: See, everything is all right; they still take our money.

Everything isn't all right, and the diocese is included in the "step back" directive that the Anglican primates gave the Episcopal Church. Central Pennsylvania is in the Anglican timeout box along with the rest of the revisionist church.

It is too bad when well-meaning but naive Episcopalians wish to help out but partner themselves with a diocese that has corrupted its theology. Some of those from Pennsylvania may have been asleep the past two years and not have known what is going on in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, but I doubt it.

I doubt you are that naive either. The Episcopal Church has declared war on the Anglican Communion because it thinks it knows best and has most of the money. The only thing dropping faster than the membership in the Episcopal Church is its global relevancy.

-- Rev. Canon David C. Anderson


The writer is president and CEO of the American Anglican Council.

Colbert I. King delivered what he promised. But he is incredibly wrong in accusing Bishop Jackson Nzerebende Tembo of "ignorance, bigotry and love unreturned." Tembo does not act alone. The more than 30 bishops in Uganda have unanimously rejected funds from the Episcopal Church USA (ECUSA). Many other churches worldwide have broken communion with ECUSA.

The cause of this was ECUSA's arrogance in ignoring the Anglican Communion's warnings that caused the schism and the request that ECUSA not participate in Anglican deliberations until it repents. The issue of utmost concern is the authority of Holy Scripture. The ordination of a gay bishop was simply a symptom of ECUSA's flight from following Biblical teaching.

Ordaining homosexuals into the priesthood is troubling, to be sure, in Africa and particularly in Uganda, where the church was founded upon the blood of the martyrs of Uganda, an event both the Catholic and Anglican churches celebrate every June 3. On that day in 1886, 22 Catholic and 10 Anglican boys were burned at the stake because they would not renounce Jesus and would not engage in homosexual acts with King Mwanga.

I have just returned from a mission to Uganda. The hundreds of people I spoke to fully support their bishops in refusing tainted money.

King's message is a dark Good Friday view that money trumps faith. Thanks be to God that brave souls in Africa and around the world offer us a real Easter message in which the light of truth is valued more than money.

-- John Hunter


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