Thursday, 15 April 2004

African update

Archbishop Peter Akinola African Churches Take Stand Against Gays
By TOM MALITI
Associated Press Writer
NAIROBI, Kenya
read the full article here
Peter Akinola (pictured right) said:

“If we suffer for a while to gain our independence and our freedom and to build ourselves up, I think it will be a good thing for the church in Africa,” Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria told journalists. “And we will not, on the altar of money, mortgage our conscience, mortgage our faith, mortgage our salvation.”

Update an even later revision of the AP story is here on CNN (thanks KH), with additional quotes e.g.

Akinola said the South African leader, Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane of Cape Town, told him in a telephone conversation Thursday that he supported the stand taken by the other African archbishops.
He added that Archbishop Drexel Gomez of the Bahamas, who listened in on the conversation, “is firmly in support of the views which we are espousing. He made that quite clear.”

The Guardian has a report by Stephen Bates US church ‘must repent’ for gay bishop decision.

The BBC reported all this as African clergy reject ‘gay’ funds

The bishops made it plain that money from like-minded Americans, that is those who oppose the ordination of homosexuals, would not be turned away.
They said they were now conducting a review of how many programmes would be affected by a ban on official donations from the American church.
Archbishop Akinola also said they would take “action they deem necessary” if the US Church failed to “repent” over the ordination of homosexuals within the next three months.
“We shall cross that bridge when we get there,” he said. “We represent more than half of the entire Anglican world. I don’t think anybody would simply want to wish away our opinion”.

Further update
Another report from Nairobi, this from IPS: Africa Rejects Donations From Churches That Support Gay Unions

Africa’s Anglican archbishops have vowed never to receive donations from western churches which support the ordination of gay priests.
“We do not want any money from the Episcopal Church of the United States of America. This is not rhetoric. It is not a matter of a joke. We mean what we say,” the chairman of the Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa, Nigeria’s Archbishop Peter Akinola said, as the other clergymen nodded in affirmation.
Akinola was addressing a news conference in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, on behalf of the continent’s 12 archbishops, on Friday. The conference followed a two-day meeting to review the African bishops’ stand on homosexuality. Five archbishops from Latin America, Asia and Middle East also attended the gathering. The church in the four regions does not condone homosexuality.
“Those who have chosen a different path away from Anglican doctrines must repent and come back to the Anglican fold or be kicked out of the communion,” Akinola said. “We have recommended to the Lambeth Commission (in London) to take this clear line of disciplinary action against ECUSA because of what it has done.”

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I’m a journalist based in Accra, Ghana and I write for the Christian Science Monitor newspaper in the U.S. ( www.csmonitor.com ). I’ve been asked to do a story for the paper on the bigger picture issues around the African bishops’ announcement in Nairobi yesterday. I’m looking informed comment from independent observers about how this move would affect both the financial stability of these Anglican provinces, and how it would affect the Anglican/Episcopal church’s aid or development work in Africa. Any comments, or suggestions of people to talk to would be most welcome, my e-mail address is crawleyghana@yahoo.ca
Thanks and regards from Accra, Mike Crawley

Posted by: Mike Crawley at April 16, 2004 11:00 AM