It now seems that the overturning of the GAFCON Moratorium on women Bishops by the Primate of Uganda, announced by GAFCON/ACNA related blog ‘Virtue-On-Line’ (mentioned here in my last post) has now been revoked!
The ‘Correction’ to the original VOL posting now appears on David Virtue’s blog after the ACNA Archbishop Foley Beach (who is also current Chair of GAFCON) entered into the fray with the following communique – obviously from the point of view of the GAFCON sodality, which has been embarrassed by the expressed opinion of the Primate of Uganda that Uganda was in the process of ordaining Uganda’s first Woman Bishop – in tandem with one already ordained in Kenya, recently.
The problem for GAFCON, is the fact that some African Provinces of the GAFCON group are obviously in favour of the ordination of Women Bishops, while others are against such a move – a stand-off seen by ACNA and other local quasi-Anglican Churches instituted by GAFCON, as offending against one of the defining principles of the formation of GAFCON which defines Headship in the Church as a solely male prerogative.
It must be very hard for an American (ACNA) Archbishop – currently also Chair of the GAFCON conservative group – to control the policies of the other GAFCON Primates in the Global South whose people are now recognising the gifts of Women’s Leadership in their own Churches.
For GAFCON, originally drawn together by issues – mainly – of Gender and Sexuality; any disagreement made public on any aspect of these defining issues must give rise to uncertainty about the continuing cohesion of the conservative champions of what has become a leading cause of schism in Anglican Churches world-wide. Below is the latest article on the subject on V.O.L.:
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand
UGANDA SET TO ORDAIN FIRST FEMALE ANGLICAN BISHOP – CORRECTION
By Godfrey Olukya
VOL African correspondent
April 18, 2022
CORRECTION TO THIS STORY.
FROM ACNA ARCHBISHOP FOLEY BEACH AND GAFCON CHAIRMAN
According to the Uganda Archbishop (Stephen Kaziimba), he said they are sticking with the moratorium until there is a consensus among Gafcon. He said he was taken out of context. He was speaking on the role of women in the resurrection story and brought up that women are now prominent leaders in the country — prime minister, speaker of parliament, the vice-president. The dean of the Provost/Dean of All Saints Cathedral in Kampala is a woman. He concluded by saying that there may even be a woman bishop (one day). He did not say they had decided to move forward with a woman bishop or had elected one. That is all for open discussion for the future. His intent was to demonstrate the importance of women’s ministry in the Gospel story of the resurrection and even today.