Feb 10

What’s wrong with the South Africa we love? : The Catholic Archdiocese Of Durban

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What’s wrong with the South Africa we love?

February 1, 2013 //

If I were a true Christian my answer to the question: What is wrong with South Africa would be: I am!

Yes, I am what is wrong with South Africa because I have not always thought, said or done what was needed, when it was needed, and the way it was needed!

Second, I am what is wrong because I have not come out in support of the one or two, or dozens of South Africans who have spoken out or taken action when the occasion demanded.

Third, I am what is wrong because I have not challenged those in leadership when they’ve behaved like rulers who decide for “The People” what is good for them, rather than like governors who do all they can to implement what the People say they need to live a decent human life.

Fourth, I am what is wrong because I have not taken the opportunities offered to stand up for the Truth, when it was being abused and violated by those who will use any means to make themselves look good, or justify the moral shortcuts they are taking.

Now, let’s look at some of the wrongs that have plagued us during the past year and the one before and so on, which I have not acted to put right:

  1. A President who speaks and behaves as if he no longer sees himself as President of all the country and of all in the country. More often than not we are uncertain if being President of his Party, of his Tribal Group, of his Family, comes before being President of all South Africans regardless of race, colour, creed; or social class including the Poor!

Un-presidential behaviour and speeches leave many disappointed, disillusioned, downright ashamed of having trusted or even given the benefit of the doubt in regard to his moral lapses, financial mismanagement of his own family and personal affairs, let alone the Nkandla debacle of recent date.

Most of all I am disappointed that I have not spoken out after voicing my doubts about his suitability to represent the country from a moral and ethical point of view right at the beginning.

Now he’s been elected leader of the ANC, is the country to suffer another whole decade of mediocrity, dishonesty, pretence, even to the point of reverse apartheid.

  1. Manner of putting right the wrongs of apartheid

Today, many, including myself, are upset about being victims of new race classification which is passed off and applied as “justifiable discrimination” because it is meant to benefit the “previously disadvantaged (PD)!”

It is a moot question whether discrimination can ever be justified? Whether it is White Discrimination or Black Discrimination, it remains Discrimination! And our Constitution says there should be no discrimination. And former President Mandela said he would stand up against any type of discrimination!

  1. Race discrimination re-introduced by sleight of hand

Who are the “previously disadvantaged”? Are they all Blacks, all Coloureds, all Indian? What? Since the Race Classification Act was one of the first to be removed from the Statute Book post apartheid, what criteria are used to classify citizens today? Do the “previously disadvantaged” automatically include the descendents of the Matanzima’s, Selebe’s, Mangope’s and Mphephu’s, who by their abusive rule proved themselves to be Rulers who ruled the people through their Ruling Parties?

God save us from a similar fate under our Governing Party!

  1. South Africa’s “Crime against Humanity”

The Crime against Humanity in RSA is the total and utter disregard and disrespect for the life and limb of the human person. Nothing can have brought this to the fore more graphically than the stark contrast between South Africa’s muted reaction to crime and violence and the furore in India over the assault, rape and murder of a student of that country. There ordinary people spontaneously, but vigorously and unequivocally arose in protest saying with one voice: Enough is Enough!

Oh, if only we would imitate the Indians. At present we cannot, but at least let us begin by sitting down to do serious introspection into the root causes of our shameful contempt for human life. Then perhaps meaningful actions may follow!

  1. Are we capable of changing? I believe we are but only if we do two things:

First we must give God back his proper place in public life as acknowledged in our Constitution. There we ask Him to bless us and our country. As any believer, of whatever faith will readily affirm: You cannot ask for and expect to receive God’s blessing unless you are willing and committed to submitting to His will, in particular as it is expressed in His Commandments.

The second thing we need to do, is to take his Commandments seriously to heart especially the 5th “Thou shalt not kill!”

  1. The “undemocratic” manner of electing the State President.

After two decades of experience, we clearly need a more democratic way of electing the Leader who is to preside over us as a nation. It is neither just nor fair to have an “elite” group of a couple of hundred Members of Parliament elect one who ought to represent the whole population of 50 million.

  1. A second question regarding democratic representation concerns the “Party List System”. The principal problem with the List System is that candidates chosen to represent the electorate are patently failing in their task because they are beholden to the party which can promote or demote them at will and without reference to their performance in the eyes of those they are supposed to serve.

It is high time the findings of the Slabbert Commission were dusted off, studied, debated and put into practice.

These are just some of the reasons why I am what is wrong with South Africa and why I am responsible. My dream and prayer is that during this year 2013 God will bless each and every South African with the wisdom, compassion, justice and love that will enable us to come together again to consider the changes needed to give South Africa the best chance of being the winning nation in Africa and indeed in the world.

+Wilfrid Card Napier OFM

Archbishop of Durban

Nov 14

Anglican Fever: Youth Flock to New Denomination – US – CBN News – Christian News 24-7 – CBN.com

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CHICAGO — For decades young people have flocked to seeker-friendly churches that feature culturally relevant services and a casual environment.

Now, a new denomination that emphasizes tradition and centuries-old sacraments and practices is drawing them in.

The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) officially began in 2009 with hundreds of congregations that severed ties with the Episcopal Church.

In Albany Park on Chicago’s north side, a group of college students and recent graduates have started one of the ACNA’s newest church plants.

They worship on Sunday afternoons, renting a church building that’s close to several university campuses.

New Denomination, Old Worship

While the congregants are casually dressed, the service has a more formal, liturgical feel and the students that CBN News spoke with say that’s exactly what they like.

 

Read More: Anglican Fever: Youth Flock to New Denomination – US – CBN News – Christian News 24-7 – CBN.com.

Oct 31

GAFCON Primates Chair Issues Pastoral Letter

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October 29, 2012

My dear people of God:

Grace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Primates’ Council has just concluded its October 2012 meeting in Dar es Salaam where we witnessed the blessing of God in a number of key areas:

•  In the increase of our numbers
•  Through the achievements of our April meeting
•  By the testimonies of those who are joining with us
•  In the new funding provided for our communication efforts
•  Through our decision to meet again in a Global assembly
•  By the recognition that we are not alone in this spiritual battle

We gathered in this historic city grateful for the faithful witness of the Anglican Church of Tanzania during these challenging times. The Most Reverend Valentine Mokiwa, Bishop of the Diocese of Dar es Salaam and Primate of Tanzania, welcomed us. We were made aware of some of the current difficulties facing Tanzania and committed ourselves to prayer for protection for the Church and peace and prosperity for all of this nation’s citizens.

During our meeting we were vividly reminded of the costly struggles of so many of our fellow Christians, whether facing violent persecution, natural disaster or spiritual conflict with competing ideologies. Such struggles have shaped our intention to use the next Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON2), now to be anticipated in October 2013 (rather than May as previously indicated) to stand in solidarity with all of our oppressed sisters and brothers and to study the theme of declaring the gospel of God ‘in the midst of much conflict’ (1Thessalonians 2:2).
We were pleased to welcome the Most Reverend Henri Isingoma, Primate of the Anglican Church of the Congo as member of the Primates’ Council. We are thankful for his faithful witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, his embrace of the tenets of the Jerusalem Declaration and his enthusiastic support for the work of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans.

We reflected on our meeting in London this past April when we gathered 200 leaders from 31 countries and enjoyed outstanding fellowship. We received excellent theological and biblical material that is now published on the GAFCON website.  We also heard remarkable testimonies of leadership under pressure from around the Communion. But perhaps the most telling quote was from a Nigerian bishop who said, ‘Now we know we are not alone.’ That is at the heart of our calling as the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans – to provide an authentic Anglican community for those who have been alienated for whatever reason.

As a result of the increased aggressiveness of the revisionists there are now those in every province and beyond who wish to stand with us and who need our help to stand for Christ: in Recife (Brazil), in South Carolina, in the Church of Scotland, in Ireland, in England, in Australia and many more. We received reports from various FCA affiliates and rejoice in their faithful witness in the face of tremendous pressure and were delighted to receive an application for the establishment of an FCA affiliate in Australia.

We were also reminded of the need for prayer for those who will gather in Auckland, New Zealand, for the meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council. In particular we prayed that they will avoid compromise and have the courage to declare boldly the Gospel of Jesus Christ that is good news for all people at all times and in all cultures.

We also rejoiced in the news that we have now received funding to expand our Communication efforts and look forward to more regular communication between our various constituencies and the ability to be able to share the remarkable stories of courageous and costly discipleship. We are also hopeful that this will also be a means by which we can be more effectively mobilized for intercession for one another and the communities that we serve.

From our very inception we have always understood that our fight is not with any particular person, political party, program or province but rather we are engaged an age-old battle for the soul of the Church.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, … Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. (1)

At its heart we are engaged in a spiritual and theological struggle and we were unanimous in our commitment to renew the FCA Theological Commission with Provincial representation and a revised mandate that will provide theological resources to address areas of current concern.

We concluded our meeting with a glorious service of evening worship at the Cathedral of St Albans in Dar es Salaam. As we sang the familiar words of the evening hymn “The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, Is Ended” (2)  we gave thanks that “The Voice of Prayer is Never Silent. Nor dies the strain of praise way!” We are indeed not alone!

In Christ’s love and service,

The Most Reverend Eliud Wabukala
On behalf of the FCA Primates Council
1. Ephesians 6:12-20
2. Psalm 42:8, John Ellerton, 1870

Oct 19

A German’s View of Islam

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This is by far the best explanation of the Muslim terrorist situation I have ever read. His references to past history are accurate and clear. Not long, easy to understand, and well worth the read. The author of this email is said to be Dr. Emanuel Tanya, a well-known and well-respected psychiatrist.

There are many other issues that can be described in the same way – & they are not matters that are buried in the archives either. They are current & right here too, as well as being far away in other places.

A man, whose family was German aristocracy prior to World War II, owned a number of large industries and estates. When asked how many German people were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude toward fanaticism. ‘Very few people were true Nazis,’ he said, ‘but many enjoyed the return of German pride, and many more were too busy to care. I was one of those who just thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So, the majority just sat back and let it all happen. Then, before we knew it, they owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had come. My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.’

We are told again and again by ‘experts’ and ‘talking heads’ that Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectre of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of Islam.

The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this moment in history. It is the fanatics who march. It is the fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. It is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the entire continent in an Islamic wave. It is the fanatics who bomb, behead, murder, or honour-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque. It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals. It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become suicide bombers.

The hard, quantifiable fact is that the peaceful majority, the ‘silent majority,’ is cowed and extraneous.

Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people. The peaceful majority were irrelevant. China’s huge population was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a staggering 70 million people.

The average Japanese individual prior to World War II was not a warmongering sadist.. Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians; most killed by sword, shovel, and bayonet.

And who can forget Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the majority of Rwandans were ‘peace loving’?

History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points:
Peace-loving Muslims have been made irrelevant by their silence.
Peace-loving Muslims will become our enemy if they don’t speak up, because like my friend from Germany , they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.

Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians, Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late. As for us who watch it all unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts–the fanatics who threaten our way of life.

Jun 11

Letter from South Africa on the forthcoming visit of Katharine Jefferts Schori

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September 8th, 2011 Dave Doveton – The Academic Director of the Anglican Mission published this item recently.  It bears study by all Anglicans who are concerned about the future of the ACSA.

Letter from the South

The arrival of a foreign dignitaries to our shores is usually preceded by a fanfare and in some cases a carefully worded announcement full of diplomatic ‘flourishes’ to allay any misgivings the locals may have about hidden agendas and territorial posturing by the said visitor. It was thus with interest that I read the syrupy bulletin issued to inform us that Katherine Jefferts-Schori, leader of a notorious North American brand of Anglicanism was invited to address the Synod of Bishops of our church later this month. This particular brand is not only increasingly apostate, it is both irrelevant to Africa and impotent in the face of the challenges the African church faces. Eager to cement relationship with the  Anglican leadership in Southern Africa, and in the face of very severe objections, these false prophets are taking full advantage of the opportunity to distribute largesse and sow their teachings.

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