South American Primate Affirms Schismatic S.C. Diocese

“We are with you,” says Bishop Zavala; Meetings May 20 PDF Print E-mail
Written by SCDiosAdministrator
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 15:45
Bishops Lawrence and ZavalaBishop Tito Zavala, Presiding Bishop of South America, was with us at Diocesan Council today, May 19, 2015.

“We are here to know you, to be with you, to say with our presence that we, in the Global South, are with you and want to do the best we can for you so you can continue being part of the Anglican Communion,” said Bishop Zavala.

Don’t miss the chance to meet with him tomorrow, May 20, 2015. He’ll be at St. Matthias, Summerton, from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and at the Cathedral, Charleston, from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  Read more about and register for the meetings below.

The Most Rev. Hector “Tito” Zavala, Bishop of Chile and Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Province of South America, comprising the countries of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, who serves as the Diocese of South Carolina’s liaison to the Global South Primates Steering Committee, will be holding two meetings with the Bishop, clergy and parishioners in the Diocese of South Carolina May 20, 2015. One will be held at St. Matthias in Summerton from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and the other will be at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, Charleston, from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

As one of 40 primates of the 80 million member worldwide Anglican Communion, Bishop Zavala will be in South Carolina specifically to encourage and support fellow Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, and the clergy and lay people of the Diocese of South Carolina.

“We’re grateful for the strong support we’ve received from Anglicans around the world and are especially thankful for this time we’ll have with Bishop Zavala,” said the Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, XIV Bishop of South Carolina.  “The Global South Primates have assured us of their prayers and their stand with us.”
Though the visits are open, attendees are asked to pre-register,

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I wonder whether – among “the Anglicans around the world” envisaged by Bishop Zavala – will include anyone from our ACANZP) who might present themselves at the upcoming talks between this South American Bishop of the Gafcon provenance and the bishop of the schismatic former TEC diocese of South Carolina, convened to shore up relationships between Gafcon and the S.C. diocese and its Bishop, Mark Lawrence.

Here is the agenda, published on the web-site of Bishop Mark Lawrence:

“As one of 40 primates of the 80 million member worldwide Anglican Communion, Bishop Zavala will be in South Carolina specifically to encourage and support fellow Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Mark J. Lawrence, and the clergy and lay people of the Diocese of South Carolina.

After all, at the recent meeting of a Gafcon sub-group in Australia recently, there were no less than 40 current members of our Church (ACANZP) – including at least one bishop – to show solidarity with Gafcon’s separatist ambition to wrest the leadership of the Anglican Communion from its traditional moorings (Lambeth, ACC Primates, the ABC).

Whatever the agenda of Bishop Zavala – in accentuating his personal support for schism in the Communion – one hopes that this will never be the intention of members of our own Church, here in Aotearoa/ New Zealand and Polynesia.

However, for the schismatic Diocese of Southern Carolina and its Bishop to claim relationship to the Anglican Communion through the membership of a foreign Gafcon Province (South America) of the Communion – which sodality has already distanced itself from the rest of us by the assertion of its very own ‘Jerusalem Statement’ (in preference to that of the agreed ‘Lambeth Quadrilateral’) – would seem to challenge further the koinonia fellowship of the world-wide Anglican Communion. 

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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