Africa

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Appointment of a Gay Episcopal Bishop

Auckland The New Zealand Herald (conservative), Nov. 5: Just this week, conservatives condemned as heresy...and sin the consecration of [Canon Gene Robinson] the first openly gay bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church. The resulting split in the Anglican Church is likely to be just as bitter and irrevocable as that seen here when a Tongan Methodist congregation in Otahuhu tore itself apart over the church’s decision to admit gay ministers. All this over disputed interpretations of biblical passages and dubious translations of the word “Sodom.” So much for tolerance.
—Tapu Misa

Sydney The Australian (conservative), Nov. 5: The Anglican Church will remain intact despite the furor over this week’s historic appointment of a gay bishop, after a coalition of conservative primates decided not to formally split from the (Anglican) Communion....While the words were strong and reflected a theological split, they allow for the Communion essentially to remain intact....The (ultraconservative) archbishop of Sydney, Peter Jensen, said he expected two distinct strands of Anglicanism to appear as a result of the controversy....By contrast, the primate of Australia, Archbishop Peter Carnley, said he believed the (Anglican) Communion would emerge from its difficulties with a stronger sense of unity.
—Vanessa Walker

Kingston The Jamaica Gleaner (privately owned, independent), Nov. 6: There are more Anglicans in Nigeria alone than in all of Britain. And African Christians tend to be uncompromisingly traditional and biblical when it comes to matters of sexual morality....As church authorities in Britain and the United States have grown more liberal, their followers have reacted in ways that the leadership never anticipated....This may be but an early salvo in a long battle.
—John Rapley

Kampala The New Vision (government-owned), Nov. 6: In many jurisdictions, homosexuality is actually a criminal offense punishable by imprisonment. In such jurisdictions, therefore, the bishop would be not only sinning, but also committing an offense....That is why the churches in Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, and other African and Asian countries have expressed disgust with the consecration of the bishop. Otherwise, how will their flock comprehend the elevation of someone to the level of bishop who breaks both God’s and man’s law?
—Chibita Wa Duallo

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