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August 28, 2010

CAPA Apologizes to the Church of Uganda for Financial Scandal

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CAPA Apologizes to the Church of Uganda for Financial Scandal

In a 27th August letter to Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi, Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Rev. Ian Earnest, Chairman of CAPA (Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa), apologized for “embarrassing” the Church of Uganda when CAPA received a $25,000 grant from Trinity Grants (USA) for the All Africa Bishops Conference taking place in Uganda. (Letter is attached.)

In 2003, the Church of Uganda broke communion with the Episcopal Church (TEC) over their unbiblical theology and immoral actions that violated historic and Biblical Anglicanism and tore the fabric of the Communion at its deepest level. At the same time, the Church of Uganda resolved to not receive any funds from TEC.

The 2nd All Africa Bishops Conference was hosted by the Church of Uganda, but the programme and speakers were chosen by CAPA.  The Church of Uganda received no outside funding for its role in hosting the 400 Bishops and other participants in the week-long conference. All funds were raised locally within Uganda.

Archbishop Henry thanked Archbishop Ian for acknowledging the awkward position CAPA had put the Church of Uganda in and appreciated his humility and generous spirit in writing.


Communications Department
Church of Uganda
P.O. Box 14123

Interesting that both CAPA and Uganda seem to put money from Trinity Wall Street and the Episcopal Church in the same category as mob money—taking it is a “scandal”.

There is a PDF of the official letter that I working on getting posted. Should be up later this morning.

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Matt+ or others, is there a site where people can give to help defray the costs of the conference?

[1] Posted by robroy on 8-28-2010 at 08:57 AM · [top]

Apparently, there were some late agenda changes as well, that included bouncing Phil Groves and the Indaba project and showing Kenneth Kearon the door-
from +David Anderson

You may remember the infamous Indaba project from the AAC’s article “Money, Sex, Indaba - Corrupting the Anglican Communion Listening Process.”  This factual expose of the dirty laundry of TEC’s and Lambeth Palace’s planned use of a promotional for homosexuality in the church, called Indaba, has been widely circulated around the world. Apparently it had repercussions in Entebbe, where there was a sudden switch in the line-up of planned speakers.

The original schedule for the conference’s final plenary session today was as follows:

- Anglican Communion Office Kenneth Kearon

- Anglican Faith & Order: Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi

- Anglican/Catholic Dialogue: Kenneth Kearon

- INDABA Process: Canon Phil Groves

- The Alliance: Rev John Kafwanka/ Rev Rachel Carnegie

- Anglican Networks: Terry Robinson

- Anglican Lutheran Dialogue: Bishop Trevor Mwamba

- Micah Challenge: Prof. Dr Joe Edwards

- CAPA Seeds of Hope: Lucy Kiruthu

Then a reshuffling took place, and we couldn’t help but notice this last-minute schedule change at the All African Bishops Conference. The conference’s final plenary session today had the following speakers:

- CAPA Mustard Seeds of Hope: Ms Lucy Kiruthu

- Anglican Networks: Terry Robinson

- The Alliance: Rev John Kafwanka

- CORAT Africa: Dr William Ogara

- Micah Challenge: Prof. Dr Joe Edwards

Notice the change? Five of the original speakers were excluded from presenting, including the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, The Revd Canon Kenneth Kearon and the facilitator of the Continuing Indaba project, The Revd Canon Phil Groves.  We hope that our investigative work might have helped foster this scheduling change.

As for excluding the Anglican Communion’s Secretary General, who we’re told was accompanied by at least three other Anglican Communion Office staff members, we can only speculate as to the conference leader’s reasons for doing this.

[2] Posted by tjmcmahon on 8-28-2010 at 09:46 AM · [top]

Good news, hopefully the CAPA primates have recognized Indaba for what it is…an cynical imperialistic attempt to mask western heresy in the guise of African communal tradition.

[3] Posted by Matt Kennedy on 8-28-2010 at 10:07 AM · [top]

Note that Uganda managed to forcibly remove the heretics from the agenda without the histrionics that happen when TEC or CoE tries to silence an Orombi or Akinola or Okoh who dares to “cross borders”.

By the way, truth-in-advertising laws require Continuing Indaba to be named Ovipositor. Its actual purpose after all is to inject the egg of a parasitic (ahem) WASP into the body of a new host. We all know from watching the nature shows what happens to the host who permits this.


[4] Posted by Doug Stein on 8-28-2010 at 10:38 AM · [top]

Doug, Ewwww, what a creepy, but accurate, analogy!

[5] Posted by ToAllTheWorld on 8-28-2010 at 10:28 PM · [top]


[6] Posted by Bo on 8-28-2010 at 11:06 PM · [top]

Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.(Titus 1:11)

[7] Posted by Fr. Dale on 8-29-2010 at 07:12 AM · [top]

Consider William Booth’s attitude to money and it’s sources.

To William Booth there was no such currency as dirty money. All gifts, whoever the donor, were gratefully received to help on his work of alleviating the sufferings of the needy. Sinners and saints alike were welcome to contribute to Army coffers. He had a ready answer for his critics. On one occasion he accepted a donation from a man in high society, but one known for his agnosticism. Although some of his friends frowned on his action, the Army Founder’s conscience was not uneasy. ‘We will wash it in the tears of the widows and orphans’ he replied, ‘and lay it on the altar of humanity.’ He never despised the shillings and pence of the poor; he included the smallest contributions in the subscription lists which contained recognition of help given by the wealthy.

Lord Rothschild appreciated William Booth’s work and told him during an interview: ‘I’m going to give you £1000, General.’ Then in a teasing vein continued ‘When will you have it?’ ‘Now!’ thundered the one time pawnbroker’s assistant as he thought of the hundreds of meals he would be able to provide for the hungry, or of the help it would be for some new building project. And the great financier reached for his cheque book.

Another time the Founder’s son, Bramwell, was given a blank signed cheque. ‘Fill it in and make it payable to the Army,’ said the benefactor. He had seen William helping a costermonger loading scrap iron on to a wheelbarrow and had vowed, ‘If that is the spirit of The Salvation Army, then I shall help it as I have opportunity.’ ‘Shall we say a thousand pounds?’ asked Bramwell. ‘Well - yes,’ came the halting reply. ‘As you have said only one thousand pounds, we will make it one thousand.’ One often wonders what the General said when he heard the story and realized what he could have done with five thousand !


Peter Dewberry

[8] Posted by Peter Dewberry on 8-29-2010 at 06:31 PM · [top]

Mr. Dewberry, I appreciate you posting the thought provoking quote.

William Booth’s statement: ‘We will wash it in the tears of the widows and orphans’ reflected his judgment that the money donated from agonistics or other non-Christians in his time could be put to God’s work (“Soup, Soap and Salvation”) without substantial compromise. 

I am sure that CAPA or any of the African Churches gladly accept money from agnostics under similar circumstances.

However, this is not the case with the acceptance of the Trinity Grants or other money from the TEC establishment. TEC is engaged in a worldwide political movement to soften and undermine the opposition of the Global South, most notably the African churches, to TEC’s repudiation of Holy Scripture.  The last time the Province of Uganda accepted money from Trinity Church it was cited by Louie Crew and others as an example of Uganda’s hypocrisy.

Today’s Salvation Army is well aware of the consequences of accepting money with strings attached.  In 2001, the Salvation Army leadership voted to accept a government mandated same sex benefit standard if necessary to obtain certain government contracts, only to reverse the decision a few months later.  Because of its huge government funding, it continues to wrangle with restrictions in the manner in which it delivers some of its services in some areas.

[9] Posted by Going Home on 8-29-2010 at 07:27 PM · [top]

to repeat robroy’s ?  (#1) —is there a way to help defray the costs, if they’re giving Trinity’s money back?

[10] Posted by maineiac on 8-29-2010 at 09:59 PM · [top]

Matt+ wrote:

Interesting that both CAPA and Uganda seem to put money from Trinity Wall Street and the Episcopal Church in the same category as mob money—taking it is a “scandal”.

He he he, well put.

I am sure that none of General William Booth’s benefactors would have dared to attach strings to the gifts they gave. But he had to be careful - look at how George Bernard Shaw tries to use this very issue to denigrate the Salvation Army in his play “Major Barbara”.

It is now well-established that the liberal establishment in TEC, ACiC and ACO try to use gifts and aid to support their subversive message. In such circumstances, our African brethren are wise to refuse it.

I don’t know if it is still the case, but for many years the Intervarsity Fellowship entity on Sydney University Campus (“the Evangelical Union”) refused all funding from the university. The issue came up every year at the AGM and every year it was voted down. We the members always felt that our ministry would be compromised if we accepted money from pagans.

[11] Posted by MichaelA on 8-30-2010 at 12:11 AM · [top]

I have been in Uganda for a little more than two weeks, and was privileged to attend the All Africa Bishops Conference as an honorary member of the Church of Uganda’s House of Bishops. I know the Church of Uganda is very grateful for her Biblically orthodox friends and partners in the USA, Canada, and other Western countries. Likewise, they are grateful for those who are interested in supporting the Church of Uganda’s role in hosting at the recently concluded All Africa Bishops Conference. They were, however, able to cover, from within Uganda, all their expenses related to hosting the bishops and invited guests. But, if interested partners would like to make a contribution to the Church of Uganda’s work in its Decade of Mission (declared by the Archbishop in 2008 – click here to read his Charge - [url=] [/url] ), contributions can be made via my ACNA Diocese, the Diocese of the Holy Spirit. Checks may be may be made payable to “Diocese of the Holy Spirit” with “COU Decade of Mission” on the memo line and mailed to the Diocese at 5290 Saratoga Lane, Woodbridge, VA 22193.

Bishop John Guernsey

[12] Posted by John Guernsey on 8-30-2010 at 12:08 PM · [top]

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