A visit from Congo

ENS is reporting that Archbishop Dirokpa Fidèle, Primate of the Province de L’Eglise Anglicane Du Congo (Anglican Church of Congo), just completed a visit to the Episcopal Church Center, January 22-23.

What follows are a few quotes about the relationship between the two provinces, but do read the entire story to get a sense of the great odds against which Archbishop Fidele is working.

Affirming the ongoing relationships between the Anglican Church of Congo and the Episcopal Church, Fidèle said, “We are not for division, we are for discussion and sharing ideas.”

He explained that his province had previously released a statement in response to the Episcopal Church that “upholds biblical truth.” But, he said, “if we have a brother here in America who is willing to help our people, I as archbishop cannot let people die. We will continue to collaborate with the Episcopal Church, especially around the issues of development.”

He acknowledged that he looks forward to sitting at the table with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori for the February 15-19 Primates Meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, despite indications from some African Primates that they would boycott the meeting because of her presence.

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