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    From The Anglican Church of Tanzania, ACNS 4227 12 DECEMBER 2006 Statement from The House of Bishops, Tanzania A statement concerning the current situation in
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      From The Anglican Church of Tanzania, ACNS 4227 12 DECEMBER 2006

      Statement from The House of Bishops, Tanzania

      A statement concerning the current situation in the Episcopal Church
      (USA), in light of their June 2006 General Convention.

      1. Mindful of the fact that the Anglican Church of Tanzania issued
      statements in 2003 following the election, confirmation and eventual
      consecration to the Episcopate of Gene Robinson a practising
      homosexual clergyman, whereby we declared that henceforth we are not
      in communion, namely, communio in sacris, with:

      i. Bishops who consecrate homosexuals to the episcopate and those
      Bishops who ordain such persons to the priesthood and the deaconate or
      license them to minister in their dioceses;

      ii. Bishops who permit the blessing of same sex unions in their
      dioceses;

      iii. Gay priests and deacons;

      iv. Priests who bless same sex unions;

      2. And because in their June 2006 General Convention, the Episcopal
      Church (USA) did not adequately respond to the requirement made to
      them by the Anglican Communion through the Windsor Report by their
      failure to register honest repentance for their actions that were
      contrary to the dictates of the Holy Scripture and the teaching of the
      Anglican Churchas expressed in Resolution 1.10 of the 1998 Lambeth
      Conference and thereby indicating that they were deliberately choosing
      to walk apart from the rest of the Anglican Communion;

      3. Therefore after its meeting on 7th December 2006 in Dar es Salaam,
      the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Tanzania hereby
      declares that its communion with the Episcopal Church (USA) is
      severely impaired but the Anglican Church of Tanzania remains in
      communion with those who are faithful to Biblical Christianity and
      authority of Scripture who remain in the Episcopal Church (USA) or
      have left or are considering leaving that church body for the same
      reasons that we have stated above.

      4. Further to the consequent state of the severely impaired communion,
      the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Tanzania declares that
      henceforth the Anglican Church of Tanzania shall not knowingly accept
      financial and material aid from Dioceses, parishes, Bishops, priests,
      individuals and institutions in the Episcopal Church (USA) that
      condone homosexual practice or bless same sex unions.

      5. The House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Tanzania declares
      that we are committed to concerted prayer for renewal in the Anglican
      Communion that will further the mission of Jesus Christ and will
      render greater glory to God.

      6. Finally, the House of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Tanzania
      hereby mandates the Primate of the Anglican Church of Tanzania to
      forward this statement to the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church
      (USA), to the Archbishop of Canterbury and to all the Primates of the
      Anglican Communion.

      Dar Es Salaam
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