The Washington Statement reported that Bishop Murphy had used the phrase reverse colonialism while meeting with the Rwandan House of Bishops:
Given these financial and ecclesiastical concerns, some of the Rwandan bishops expressed the desire to exercise greater authority over the AMiA, including the Rwandan House of Bishops electing the AMiA chairman. In response, Bp Murphy cautioned the Rwandan bishops against “reverse colonialism.” During the presentation, he claimed to have told the Rwandan House of Bishops that their “directing and shaping what happens in North America is a bad idea.” He went on to say that their increased involvement would be both “missiologically crazy and practically foolish.”
In his resignation letter to Archbishop Rwaje, Murphy said:
Let me begin by sincerely apologizing both to you and to the House of Bishops for any language that I have recently used that has caused hurt or pain to you or to any of my fellow bishops. I did not sense, nor did anyone tell me, that my reference to the dangers of reverse colonialism at the September House of Bishops meeting was received as being abusive. Since it appears that it did bring offense, then I do apologize and ask your forgiveness.
Two days ago, however, retired Archbishop Kolini appeared to walk back that apology when speaking to AMiA clergy, where he is reported to have said that “it is reverse colonialism.” Later, during the Bishops’ Roundtable, Kolini said: “Rwanda wanted to hold a remote control to the AM, that had to be resisted…But we shall resist the spirit of remote control.”
This division between former Archbishop Kolini and his own Province is astonishing and very revealing. What would he have done with the AMiA if it has “resisted” his “remote control” during his tenure? This group is entirely unfit for insertion into ACNA as currently constituted.