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Tengatenga Opposed Robinson Choice
Bishop James Tengatenga, the incoming head of the Tucker Foundation, opposed the nomination of New Hampshire’s Gene Robinson as bishop of the Episcopalian church in the state. In 2004, the Los Angeles Times’ quoted Tengatenga (at right with the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams) as saying that he comes from “a church that feels it has been betrayed by its [American] brothers and sisters” due to the Robinson appointment.
Here are excerpts from the Time’s story:
Bishops End Session With Hope
Episcopal leaders meet as they await word from an international panel on homosexuality issue.
SPOKANE, Wash. — The nation’s Episcopal bishops concluded a five-day meeting here Tuesday, saying they were anxious but hopeful that their church would remain part of the worldwide Anglican Communion despite the Americans’ liberal stands on homosexuality.
The meeting here came just three weeks before an international church panel appointed by the archbishop of Canterbury was scheduled to make public recommendations on the future relationship between the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. That panel was formed after the Episcopal Church, which is the American arm of Anglicanism, consecrated an openly gay priest last year as bishop of New Hampshire and allowed local bishops the option of permitting same-sex blessings in their dioceses.
Some conservatives around the world reportedly are pushing for a strong rebuke of the American church, possibly forcing it out of active membership into some kind of observer status or even outright expulsion.
The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold, presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church, said his members must be ready for a strong, even indignant, international response from the panel, called the Lambeth Commission…
Since the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson was consecrated bishop of New Hampshire last year, 12 to 18 of the 38 Anglican national churches or provinces have downgraded or broken their relations with the American church, according to the conservative American Anglican Council. Last month, three conservative Southern California parishes broke away from the Los Angeles diocese.
Controversy over homosexuality was underscored Tuesday by an African bishop who received part of his training in America.
“There’s a sense in which you are very much part of me and a very serious sense of being part of you,” said the Rt. Rev. James Tengatenga, Anglican bishop of Southern Malawi in Central Africa who opposed Robinson’s elevation to bishop. “I come from an angry people. I come from a very frustrated church, a church that feels it has been betrayed by its brothers and sisters,” he said, referring to the dispute with the Americans.
The Rt. Rev. Catherine Roskam, suffragan bishop of New York, said it was unjust, in effect, to force a choice between Tengatenga and Robinson.
“It is a Sophie’s choice, and I refuse to make it. My friendship is there for Gene. And my friendship is there for James,” Roskam said. “By God’s grace, we’ll work it out.” [Emphasis added]
Addendum: The D’s review of Tengatenga’s appointment to the Tucker post is here. The story notes without comment Tengatenga’s stated opposition to homosexuality, the consecration of gay bishops and marriage equality.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
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