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Vol 20 No 8
The official gazette of the Diocese of Port Elizabeth:
Peace Prize for Cassidy
African Enterprise Founder, Michael Cassidy, received the Peacemaker Award from Christians for Peace in Africa (CPA), an organisation dedicated to promoting the biblical values of peace, reconciliation and hope across the continent. Pastor Thomas- René Kitutu, CPA Founder and CEO, presented the award to Michael at the AE Centre in Pietermaritzburg on 26th March, 2009. He said that Michael’s peace-making efforts both here in South Africa and across the wider continent, were very much appreciated and had borne much fruit, particularly in his home country of the DRC. He said that CPA wanted to bestow the award on Michael in recognition and appreciation of his faithful stewardship and commitment to see Africa transformed by the message of the Gospel and the power of the ultimate Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.
Preaching salvation is heresy
Salvation is heresy, US Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori told the opening session of the US Episcopal Church’s General Convention, denouncing as a false teaching the proposition that individual believers can find salvation through Jesus Christ. The grace of God is a gift to the community of believers, not for the individual believer, Bishop Jefferts Schori said on July 7 in Anaheim, California, loosening a broadside against conservative evangelicals.
Letter to the ed
“ Did you got a Licence?” (that old joke).
There are three kinds of ‘Licences’, depending on the function of the minister.
a) The Pastoral Licence, by which a bishop appoints clergy (incumbents and assistant curates) to share his pastoral care of the people of God in a certain parish or mission-district; (‘receive the cure of souls, which is mine and thine’);
b) The General Licence, by which a bishop can cash in on the expertise of someone with special skills; and this licence gives the holder the temporary right to attend Synod (even if ‘retired’) where s/he can be useful to the Church. It is a licence usually given to clergy in a diocese/church with ‘office’ responsibilities; and
c) The Licence called “Permission to Officiate,” is usual in the case of all clergy who have achieved retirement age,
and according to the Canons must no longer hold pastoral office. (Most of us “golden oldies” are in this category). It is a public recognition of the clergyman’s Orders, and his/her good-standing (morally etc) is recognised; and the bishop has no objection to his/her doing priestly-ministerial functions in the diocese, under set conditions eg. length of time etc. (When I did a ‘Locum’ in the Diocese of George for more than three consecutive Sundays, Bishop Donald gave me an additional License to function there.)
Misuse and Abuse
* Like everything, especially in secular politics, the granting of these licences is open to abuse or misuse. Some think that over the years the Canons, Rules and Regulations of Dioceses, and other formularies, have given too much “power” to the Bishops, and lessened the ‘consultative’ procedures formerly used, so that any bishop could become a ‘dictator’.
In some cases where this has been experienced the parishes just refused to pay assessments and the autocratic bishop had soon to take a few steps backwards.
* In my experience, bishops do care about Christ’s Church and the flock in his diocese and (within their vision and lights) try to do their best. Most will admit that they can and do err, but I also know that the truly holy apostolic incumbents of the Episcopal Office are open to consultation, and have been known to apologise for their mistakes and human-ness.
* And, also, an explanatory PS The title ‘Honorary Canon’ is like ‘The Order of the Diocese’ but only for clergy, whom the Bishop (in consultation) wishes to recognise and honour for special ministry in the diocese. It does not make the recipient a member of any diocesan Chapter (if there is one) nor a Diocesan Advisory Council. It is just a rather nice accolade to rejoice in. It’s a gracious Act by the Bishop!
I hope this helps many to have a broader understanding of the need to have ‘Order’ in God’s Church.
Shalom. Yours sincerely,
Roy Snyman tssf (Hon Canon)
The Story of a Pioneering Woman Priest
Carehouse opens doors
Umzi Woxolo opened the doors of its Carehouse on Monday 29 June in temporary accommodation in Talhaldo Haven while awaiting the completion of a wooden cabin being built in the grounds. This house will shelter children in need in the short term and will be manned by the home carers of SEa VIsta.
GAFCON book for FCA launch
The GAFCON book “The Way the Truth and the Life” will be available at the FCA launch, or perhaps earlier. Orders can be
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