Presiding Bishop delivers protest statement to South African Consulate

by Diocesan Press Service
with Edmond L. Browning
New York, New York, United States
September 1989
Publisher: Episcopal Church Center, Diocesan Press Service
5 pages
Type: Press Release
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The press release says that, in the wake of elections in South Africa in which the country's majority population had no part in the political process, Presiding Bishop Edmond L. Browning of the Episcopal Church wrote a letter of support to Archbishop Desmond Tutu and delivered a strongly worded protest to the South African Consulate in New York. At the meeting at the consulate, the Presiding Bishop reported to Ambassador Pieter Viljoen on his visit last May to southern Africa. Accompanying the Presiding Bishop were Canon Burgess Carr, partnership officer for Africa; Diane Porter, deputy for public ministry in the national mission office; and Bishop Furman Stough, senior executive for mission planning. The letter to Bishop Tutu coincided with a mass protest march by church anti-apartheid leaders today, during the opening of the South African Parliament, which elected F.W. de Klerk as president. The press release includes Statement by the Most Rev. Edmond L. Browning, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, USA on South Africa. It discusses solidarity with the South African church leaders, apartheid, the state of emergency, political organizations, political prisoners, the African National Congress (ANC), the United Democratic Front (UDF), negotiations, the disenfranchised black population, "wildoeke," right wing vigilantes, and St. George's Cathedral.
Collection: Leon Spencer Southern Africa Collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections