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Stanley Ntagali to be installed as Archbishop of Uganda: Anglican Ink, December 14, 2012 December 14, 2012

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Archbishops Henry Orombi (left) and Stanley Ntagali (right)

The Rt. Rev. Stanley Ntagali will be installed as the 8th Archbishop and Primate of the Church of Uganda and translated to the Diocese of Kampala this Sunday at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Namirembe.

President Yoweri Museveni along with the country’s political, professional and social leaders are expected to attend the 16 Dec 2012 along with the Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu, the leader of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, Archbishop Eliud Wabukala of Kenya, Archbishop Robert Duncan of the ACNA, and 7 other archbishops and bishops representing the wider Anglican Communion.

Elected by the 34 members of the Uganda House of Bishops on 22 June 2012, Bishop Ntagali was consecrated on 19 December 2004 and has served as the first Bishop of Masindi-Kitara Diocese for eight years.

Read it all in Anglican Ink.

Anglican Unscripted Episode 53, October 19, 2012 October 20, 2012

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Despite the retirement of news producing Bishops like Benison and Robinson, there is no news vacuum in the Anglican Communion this week thanks to the efforts of Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts-Schori. From Islamic led church burnings in Zanzibar to Kangaroo Court fraud deep within the Episcopal Churches new Disciplinary Board — your Anglican Unscripted Crew covers it for you. Comments to anglicanunscripted@gmail.com #AU53

Sentamu is Uganda’s choice for Canterbury: The Church of England Newspaper, July 7, 2012. July 9, 2012

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John Sentamu is Uganda’s choice to be the Archbishop of Canterbury, Bishop Stanley Ntagali said on 25 June 2012 in his first interview with western reporters following his election as Archbishop of Uganda on 22 June 2012.

“Leadership comes from God,” Bishop Ntagali told The Church of England Newspaper, and adding that he prayed “God will give Canterbury a man filled with the Spirit” to lead the Church of England and the Anglican Communion.

The leaders of the Church of Uganda – the second largest province after the Church of Nigeria in terms of active members – have been estranged from the Church of England and the Archbishop of Canterbury since 2008.  Archbishop Orombi and the Bishops of the Church of Uganda declined to accept Dr. Williams’ invitation to the 2008 Lambeth Conference and Archbishop Orombi also declined to attend the primates meeting.

The appointment of a new Archbishop of Canterbury is likely to prompt a return to pan-Anglican gatherings of the Church of Uganda.  Bishop Ntagali told CEN that he hoped the next Archbishop of Canterbury would be a “god-fearing” and “obedient” man who can “revive the spirit of a crumbling Anglican Communion.”

“John Sentamu would be our choice, but we are depending on God” to raise up the right man, he said.

The new archbishop said he would continue his predecessor’s support for the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA) movement and would take an active role in future GAFCON meetings.  He added that Uganda would also continue to support the Anglican Church in North America.  “Bob Duncan is my friend,” he said. “We support them very much and remain in strong partnership with them.”

The Ugandan leader said his province would also continue to remain in fellowship with the faithful dioceses of the Episcopal Church.  “They are my friends too,” he said and we are in partnership, very strong partnership” with god-fearing Episcopalians Bishop Ntagali said.

Read it all in The Church of England Newspaper.

Bishops plea for peace in the Sudan: The Church of England Newspaper, May 20, 2012 p 6. May 28, 2012

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The Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops of South Sudan, joined by the Archbishop of York, have issued a statement saying they “stand committed” to stop the outbreak of fighting between Sudan and South Sudan.

On 2 May 2012 the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution demanding that the two countries cease hostilities within 48 hours and return to the negotiations put forward by the African Union.  The National Islamic Front government in Khartoum and SPLM government in Juba agreed to return to the negotiating table in Addis Abba, but on 3 May the Sudanese air force bombed troop positions in South Sudan and fighting continues across the disputed border regions.

The situation along the border is grim, the Bishop of Aweil reported in a letter posted on the website of the Diocese of Salisbury.

‘The war is back to us,” the bishop wrote and “many people are killed, wounded, displaced and their properties are looted or destroyed by the soldiers from Sudan government leaving them in horrible situation. As I write this letter many of displaced people go to bed everyday without food even one meal in a day is not there, leave alone shelters to protect them from the rains and no clothing to cover their skinny bodies. The displaced persons have experienced great trauma and great suffering now more than ever because no one was affecting war again soon,” Bishop Abraham Nhial wrote.

Meeting form 9 to 11 May in Yei in South Sudan, the country’s Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops pleaded for peace. “We dream of two nations which are democratic and free, where people of all religions, all ethnic groups, all cultures and all languages enjoy equal human rights based on citizenship.”

“Enough is enough. There should be no more war between Sudan and South Sudan,” the bishops said in their communiqué.

The bishops said they stood “committed to do all in our power to make our dream a reality. We believe that the people and government of South Sudan desperately want peace. We believe the same is true of the people and their liberation movements in the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile.”

However “a lasting peace will come unless all parties act in good faith. Trust must be built, and this involves honesty, however painful that may be. We invite the International Community to walk with us on the painful journey of exploring the truth in competing claims and counter-claims, allegations and counter-allegations. We invite them to understand the peaceful aspirations of the ordinary people, and to reflect that in their statements and actions.”

In a statement released on 24 April 2012, Archbishop Daniel Deng said that war was not the answer.  “We should learn from the 55 years of war not to return to it so hastily. The blood of those who fought for peace should not have been poured in vain. We call on all sides to exercise restraint and pursue peace at all costs. God is on the side of those who seek peace.”

First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.

Bishop defends intervention in benefits debate: The Church of England Newspaper, December 11, 2011 p 7. December 13, 2011

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Bishop John Packer

First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.

The Bishop of Ripon and Leeds and a Conservative MP have exchanged sharp words over a letter criticizing the government’s welfare reforms.

The member for Skipton and Ripon, Julian Smith, told the Ripon Gazette that Bishop John Packer was ignorant of economic reality and out of touch with ordinary people. Bishops should stay out of politics, Mr Smith said, and focus on topics with which they were familiar.

On 20 November 2011 the Observerprinted a letter signed by Bishop Packer and 17 other bishops calling for amendments to the welfare reform bill before Parliament that would cut aid to families with children.

The bishops said they were “compelled to speak for children” in response to a planned £500-a-week benefits cap for families. Such a reduction was “profoundly unjust” and would result in children facing “severe poverty and potentially homelessness.”

Mr Smith said he was “stunned” by the bishops’ intervention into the welfare reform debate. “It shows a complete disconnection with the reality of how hard people and businesses are having to work at the moment to pay the taxes that fund the benefit system and how popular the Government’s decision to cap benefits has been amongst the majority of voters,” he said.

A £2,000 a month cap on benefits was “not only reasonable but generous,” he argued, adding that this was the “third high-profile interference by the Church of England into politics in the past year. It is time democratically elected Government Ministers are left to run the country and church bishops stop these political forays which just don’t represent the facts on the ground.”

Criticism of government policy was well within the Church’s competence, Bishop Packer said. “Politics is concerned with the welfare of people, and the Church is concerned with the welfare of people. So it is important the Church is involved in political debates that could affect the welfare of thousands of children in this country.

“It is the care of children which is particularly important to me in this whole debate about welfare and the way in which people are treated in our society,” the Bishop said, adding: “we hope the Government will listen to the concerns that we, and indeed many others, are voicing, and act for the sake of some of the most vulnerable in our society.”

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has added his voice to the chorus of criticism of the proposed benefit cap. “I hope the Government will listen to the concerns that are being raised regarding the Welfare Reform Bill,” Dr Sentamu tweeted last week.

“The Government must ensure that children, especially the most vulnerable, are protected from cuts to family benefits,” the Archbishop said.