From THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION NEWS SERVICE:
Posted On : November 15, 2010 9:22 AM
One week after a proposal to allow dioceses to individually permit women's ordination to the priesthood was turned down by the Tenth Synod of the Province of the Southern Cone, the Diocese of Uruguay has voted to seek another jurisdiction with which to share its ministry. The vote in the Province had been by a specific request of the Diocese of Uruguay and sought to allow a diocesan option in the matter, rather than Province-wide adoption, so that the diocese could proceed to minister within a very difficult agnostic milieu. Uruguay felt that after a nine-year hiatus since the last vote for approval, a patient wait would be rewarded. That was not the result and so the Uruguayan Synod took this measure to move away from the Province.
The extraordinary diocesan Synod was held November 12 in the capital city of Montevideo and the motion to quit the Province was proposed by the Diocesan Council and passed with a simple majority vote in orders according to the Uruguayan canonical process. Bishop Miguel Tamayo then informed the Primate, Hector 'Tito' Zavala, Bishop of Chile, the other Bishops and the Executive Council.
The diocese requests that permission for transfer from the Province take place within the year and that, if this is not possible, an appeal would be made to the Anglican Consultative Council to arrange for oversight, following Provincial canons. Uruguay has been a diocese within the Southern Cone since its formation in 1988.
COMMENT: This is, of course, brilliant news, especially for women, as it shows how equality for all is slowly, but surely, becoming accepted as a basic human right in all areas of the world and not just in the rich, developed nations.
However, we must be careful as this is very much a boot on the other foot situation. Uruguay is a diocese. If it is given permission, as a diocese, to leave one province and become a member of another, then those dioceses in the USA that could easily achieve a simple majority vote to leave TEC and align with one of the many misogynist or homophobic provinces still spewing their bile in the Anglican Communion, should also be allowed to do so.
To avoid such a situation getting out of control the Anglican Communion should revert to its original orthopraxis of insisting that each province is a national, orthodox church. The Anglican Church in Uruguay, no matter how few members it may have, should become a province in its own right, as should all national churches that are, at this moment in time, part of a multinational province. Such a move would be totally in line with the true nature of Anglicanism and would strengthen the campaign to halt the Grand Tufti's plans to turn the Anglican Communion away from the Orthodox paradigm and towards the Roman Catholic (Roman Empire) model of church. National churches do not need to be established (most orthodox national churches are not). National churches do not need to develop an insular worldview (again, most orthodox nation churches are not). But their definite geographic, cultural, social and political attachments make them the most effective agencies of mission that is possible on our multinational planet. The anti-Covenant campaign should not be just a negative campaign against the proposed covenant. It should take the opportunity now present of fighting to return the Anglican Communion to a purer state, to an apostolic, early church paradigm where democracy practiced within local churches prevailed until the bishops of the Church started to demand obedience from those they served and grabbed the authority that once belonged to the Holy Spirit alone.