Clarification on the November 2006 Pastoral Letter from
The Most Rev. Henry Luke Orombi
Archbishop of Church of Uganda
15th December 2006
His Grace, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Rev. Henry Luke Orombi, wrote his 9th November 2006 Pastoral Letter to the people of the Church of Uganda to clarify and expound the decisions made by the duly constituted bodies of authority in the Church of Uganda on our broken relationship with the Episcopal Church in the USA.
Dioceses in the Church of Uganda who have received ECUSA funds since our decision to refuse funds have either returned the funds or are in the process of returning the funds. The only exception to that is West Buganda Diocese, who simply functioned as the Applying Agent for an independent NGO working within their Diocese, and was unable to retrieve the funds from the NGO in order to return them after realizing the error of their ways.
The actual words of the Primates’ 2005 Communiqué from their meeting in Dromantine notwithstanding, our understanding of the decision of the Primates was captured in Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi’s press release following that meeting: “In our Ireland meeting the Primates suspended the Episcopal Church of America and the Canadian Church until they repent.” Therefore, to sit with the new Primate of ECUSA when they clearly have not repented is to surrender commitment and follow through on a previous decision.
Rev. Canon Aaron Mwesigye
Church of Uganda