Friday, December 06, 2013

CENTRAL AFRICA: Anglican Province Rejects Women Priests at Recent Synod
They also turned down measures to reduce five year term for Archbishop and allowing each nation to becoming its own province

By David W. Virtue
December 5, 2013

The Provincial Synod of the Anglican Province of Central Africa, meeting this week, turned down a measure to allow any diocese to ordain women priests, and dropped a measure to reduce the term of office of the Archbishop to five years. They also turned down a move to allow each nation in the Province to become its own Province. The Central Africa Province consists of Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi and Zambia.

The Rt. Rev. Fanuel Emmanuel Magangani, Anglican Diocese of Northern Malawi, wrote to say that he was pleased that the measure for the ordination of women was turned down through a vote. "We also dropped the measure to reduce the term of office of the Archbishop to five years. We have also dropped the measure for the desolation of the Province to the National Provinces."

A report from the Anglican Communion News Service on the Central Africa vote produced passionate appeals by those dioceses ready to ordain women but the motion failed. They described the debate as "heated" on a motion seeking to allow individual dioceses ready to ordain women within the Province to go ahead.

The vote, which was carried out by the three Houses of Bishops, Clergy and Laity was only successful in the House of Laity where 14 delegates voted in favor of the motion as opposed to 10 that voted against.

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