The Secretary General of the Anglican Communion Canon Kenneth Kearon has issued the following statement on behalf of the Joint Standing Committee concerning the clergy representative to the Anglican Consultative Council from the Province of Uganda.
The matter came to light at the Joint Standing Committee meeting before the ACC during a routine review of membership, press accreditation and other participants at the ACC.
The Revd Philip Ashey had applied for press accreditation to the ACC Meeting, describing himself as the ‘Chief Operating Officer’ of the American Anglican Council, with an address in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Subsequently he was nominated by the Primate of the Church of Uganda as a clerical representative for that Church to ACC in a letter dated 23rd April 2009.
In a letter to Archbishop Orombi the Joint Standing Committee stated:
“We understand that the Revd Philip Ashey’s relationship with the Church of the Province of Uganda is as a result of a cross provincial intervention, and note that such interventions are contrary to the Windsor Report and other reports accepted by successive meetings of the Instruments of Communion, including Primates’ Meetings which you have attended.”
The correspondence is attached (PDF document).
Canon Kearon also spoke at the press briefing on 4th May.