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Statement from Latin América and Caribbean Anglicans Bishops

Recently gathered in San José, Costa Rica, Latin America and Caribbean Anglican Bishops signed a Statement in which some of the more important points that characterize the anglican tradition were reaffirmed.
Among them I point some highlights of this Statement below:

We exhorted our Communion to preserve its partaking nature, diversified, wide and inclusive, characteristics that we consider essential to our Tradition and that constitute our main contribution to the Christian tradition.

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At our meeting fellowship, we perceived that we defend different positions on the issues that today are discussed within our Communion. However, we also experienced our plurality and diversity like wealth and growth sources, and not as controversy and division causes.

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We invite all our brothers and sisters in the bishopric, as well as to all the clergy members and lay people that are identified with this vision, to unite us to work indeed by the reconciliation, interdependence and unit in the…

Lambeth 2008 under risk

The Lambeth Palace's invitation to the next Conference revealed that the Archbishop of Canterbury chooses a very difficult way to deal the conflict within the Anglican Communion.
The purpose of not invite what the Archbishop Williams understand as the extreme sides within the theological debates, would be a political deal or a ‘salomonic’ way to overcome constraints during the gathering next 2008 Conference. One of the not invited bishops to Lambeth is Gene Robinson. Acting as stated, the ABC is causing very strong reactions and putting the Conference under incertainty.
Especially because those who are reacting are raising some canonical and theological principals concerned on the comprehension about the Episcopate as is understood in the Anglican tradition.
The order of episcopate – in the Anglican tradition - is legitimate by the idea of communion. A bishop is consecrated after previous procedures that include being in communion with local diocese, national or provincial legitimat…

Welcome, Presiding Bishop

The Province of Brazil received with much joy the notice that Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori will visit us officially in July.
Our arms are open to receive you and to share our gifts and our dreams as a Church that serves and that is looking to welcome all people in their needs.
Here, you will receive the warmest and grateful demonstration of tenderness from a Church that is linked historically with the Episcopal Church. It is very relevant to remember that the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil was founded through the missionary spirit of your clergy. But, above all, we are a Church that incarnates strongly the Brazilian way of life. In our daily life, the liturgy, the music, all we do is a witness to the Gospel in our beloved country. We are a small church in numbers, but enormous in hospitality and public ministry
Like ECUSA, we have also suffered the tragic consequences raised by fundamentalism. We experienced a schism and like you, we lost communities, properties, clergy and peo…

Irmão ou Interventor?

A instalação de um Bispo cismático dentro da jurisidição da ECUSA por um Arcebispo que se diz em comunhão com Cantuária é um sinal de que a Comunhão Anglicana está definitivamente quebrada.
Akinola está demonstrando claramente que para ele não nenhum limite jurisdicional ou respeito para ampliar sua influência.
A atitude do Primaz da Nigéria é apenas um sintoma de como o fundamentalismo não respeita fronteiras. A carta da Bispa Presidente a Akinola apela de forma inequívoca ao respeito à autonomia da Igreja Episcopal nos EUA e lembra que a intenção dele contraria o acordo celebrado no Encontro dos Primazes.
A resposta, em contrapartida, é profundamente desrespeitosa e num tom quase monárquico pretende ensinar à Igreja americana os rudimentos da fé.
Esse é o problema das personalidades messiânicas: elas se consideram onipotentes.
Conheço bem esse discurso. Já o ouvi de um ex-bispo de nossa Provincia. A defesa da fé para essa gente não passa de uma fixação obsessiva.
O que o Palácio de La…

Brother or Crusader?

The installation of a schismatic bishop within a Province by a Primate that affirms to be in communion with Canterbury is definitively a signal that the Anglican Communion is radically broken.
The Archbishop Akinola is showing that neither jurisdiction or respect is sufficient to stop his will to spread his power.
The Akinola's attitude is only a symptom of how the fundamentalism does not respect borders. The initiative of the PB to write to him a letter appealing for an unequivocal respect to the Episcopal Church autonomy was so pastoral but at the same way a clear remind that the violation of such autonomy is absolutely contrary to the Church's tradition.
The response of the Nigerian Primate, in an opposite way was deeply disrespectful and in an almost monarchic tone intending to teach the Episcopal Church the faith rudiments.
Such selfish language is a mark of the messianic personalities: They think that they are almighty.
I know very well this kind of speech. I heard it from…