Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Anglican gay debate heats up; D.C. Bishop scolds Archbishop Akinola

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According to an article published by the Washington Times, the Right Reverend John B. Chane, Bishop of Washington, D.C., has come out in opposition to the Right Reverend Peter Akinola, Archibishop of Nigeria, in regards to the on-going debate over homosexuality in the Anglican Communion. According to the article:
The Episcopal bishop of Washington has lambasted the archbishop of Nigeria for ignoring poverty and AIDS in Africa while criticizing U.S. and Canadian churches for ordaining and "marrying" homosexuals. "Why does this archbishop spend so much time on human sexuality issues while so many of his countrymen and women are oppressed by poverty?" Bishop John B. Chane wrote in a Sept. 1 column in the Washington Window, the diocesan newspaper. "Where is the strong voice of the Nigerian Anglican church in opposing the continued neglect of vulnerable women and children or in advocating on behalf of the poorest of the poor?" he wrote... Their paths have since diverged. That November, Bishop Chane participated in the consecration of Bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire as the world's first openly homosexual Episcopal bishop. Archbishop Akinola, spiritual head of Nigeria's 17.5 million Anglicans, has become the de facto spokesman for 22 Anglican provinces that have partially or completely broken relations with the U.S. church over the Robinson consecration. Most of the archbishops from these provinces will be in Cairo from Oct. 25 to 30 for an invitation-only meeting of Anglican prelates, mostly from the world's developing nations. Items on the table, according to one of the planners, include militant Islam, AIDS and poverty. Archbishop Akinola also recently disinvited Brazilian Archbishop Orlando Santo de Olivera from the Cairo meeting. The Nigerian did so because Archbishop Olivera defrocked a conservative bishop from Recife who had clashed with his prelate over the Robinson consecration, even though Archbishop Olivera refused to discipline a pro-homosexual bishop from southwestern Brazil. Archbishop Akinola seems to "presume to speak for many," Bishop Chane wrote. The Anglican Communion is not "a church dominated by a curia of primates and bishops," he continued. "And yet that appears to be the direction in which we are heading. This is fearful indeed given the rhetoric of some of the primates claiming new authority for themselves." Last year, the archbishop visited the District, with Bishop Chane's permission, to start a national network of Nigerian Anglican parishes as a conservative alternative to liberal U.S. Episcopal churches.
To read the full article, click here ===== Like I have said before... the Queen or the Archibishop of Canterbury needs to step up and bring the Church back together... the sooner, the better. If something is not done, the Church of England and the Anglican Church the world over as we now know it will forever cease to be.