Thursday, April 10, 2008

PB Venables Continues To Run Amok

A letter from the House of Bishops of Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil

Curitiba, April, 03, 2008.

To His Grace
The Most Reverend and Right Honourable
The Lord Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams
And to the Primates, Moderators of the United Churches, Bishops and to all the Faithful of the Anglican Communion

The House of Bishops of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil gathered in Curitiba unanimously express their strong repudiation of the recent visit by the Archbishop of the Southern Cone to the city of Recife, where he took part in and celebrated at official occasions outside his Province without the knowledge and consent of the Archbishop of the Province of Brazil and this House of Bishops.

This disrespectful and arrogant attitude against the Province of Brazil, is another element of discord caused by the Archbishop of the Province of the Southern Cone since the ecclesiastical court hearing and deposition of Robinson Cavalcanti. As it is known by all the Anglican Communion, Mr. Cavalcanti was deposed through a lawful and canonical process due to his breaking of ordination vows.

The action of the Primate of the Southern Cone represents an attack on the pillars of the Anglican tradition, which include respect to Provincial autonomy and collegiality among the Primates of the Communion. Equally, this attitude, unheard of in the Communion, clearly contradicts the Windsor Report and the resolution by the last Primates meeting in Tanzania in February 2007.

The Primate of the Southern Cone has repeatedly violated those boundaries through official acts as he invites, receives and cares pastorally for the dissident clergy, bishops, communities and dioceses from other Provinces. This is also exemplified by what has been happening recently with our sister provinces of the United States and Canada.

What at the beginning of those regrettable events of the schism in Recife was seen as a pastoral care provision for the deposed bishop and those who followed him, has become a formal primatial reception of those deposed. It has also been transformed into unacceptable acts of primatial nature within the jurisdiction of our province.

We appeal to His Grace, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Primates of the Anglican Communion to consider this vehement protest by the Province of Brazil in order to avoid a serious rupture with our Anglican tradition.

The consequences of such unilateral and disrespectful gesture of Archbishop Gregory Venables to a sister Province represents a serious breach of the bonds of affection and loyalty, respect and interdependence in the Anglican Communion. Let us remember that arrogance has never been, and will never be, a wise companion for relationships!

Yours ever in Christ,
++ Maurício Andrade

COMMENT: Since the orthodox so-called seem to believe that the ABC is the Anglican Pope, I guess ++Venables won't stop until +++Williams tells him to knock it off. I can just imagine the hue and cry if ++Andrade decided to take a trip to Buenos Aires or La Paz to confirm Real Live Latin American Anglicans!

3 comments:

Doorman-Priest said...

++ Andrade sounds my sort of Guy.

David |däˈvēd| said...

Just about every time some news about the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil gets posted at Viagraville, you can be sure one of the first posts will be this boilerplate text from some woman named Jill Woodliff;

For nearly 75 years, the Episcopal Church of Brazil was a mission field of ECUSA. In 1965, it became autonomous. In 1985, it reached financial autonomy. It felt abandoned and lonely and unable to call on the financial and human resources of ECUSA. Therefore, in 1990, Presiding Bishop Edmond Browning established the Bilateral Committee with representatives from both churches. The Bilateral Standing Committee is accountable to the Presiding Bishop and the Executive Council of each province.

I guess that her point is that you cannot trust the Primate or the HoB in Brazil to be intelligent folks who act for themselves, because she has this incontrovertible proof that they are nothing more than TEC dogs, lapping after their master's boots!

susan s. said...

++Andrade does not mince words. How can Rowan ignore such an eloquent and clearly written letter?

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