Sunday, March 16, 2008

Bishop Mouneer Anis: Reflections on the Joint Standing Committee (JSC)

From Apostolicity, a commentary on the Joint Standing Committee meeting of Feb. 29 to March 4, from The Most Rev. Dr. Mouneer Anis, Bishop of Egypt, North Africa and the Horn of Africa [boldface mine]:

By the time I finished the meetings of the JSC, I realised that I lost many of the hopes which I had before the meeting. Several friends discouraged me to attend the JSC meeting but I insisted to go as I don’t believe in withdrawal. . .

My hopes diminished for the following reasons:
  • I cannot see any desire to follow things through as decided before.
    The Windsor Report (TWR) recommendations, which was accepted by everyone since it was produced in 2004 is a very good example. These recommendations were affirmed during the Primates meeting in 2005, everyone waited for TEC and Canada to respond. TEC’s responses were unclear and the Primates at Dar es Salam requested a clear response by the 30th of September. The response was clearly inadequate as Archbishop Rowan mentioned in his Advent letter. What action did we take or recommend in the JSC meeting? The answer is nothing. Moreover, the very people who cause the current crisis are invited to Lambeth Conference and this contradicts with TWR as will as Dar es Salam recommendations. This widens the gap and distrust between the two sides within the Communion. . .

Read it all.
H/t to In Newark, posting at Stand Firm.

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