Ugandan president speaks against homosexuality at consecration

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni spoke against homosexuality at the consecration of The Rt. Rev. Stanley Ntagali as primate of the Church of Uganda this weekend. But has he also signaled his intention not to sign the draconian anti-gay legislation under consideration by that country's parliament. From the Daily Monitor of Uganda:

The Rt. Rev. Stanley Ntagali was yesterday enthroned as the eighth Archbishop of the province of the Church of Uganda, at a function where President Museveni urged leaders and the public to desist from promoting homosexuality.

Archbishop Ntagali, 57, was sworn-in and handed the Provincial staff at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Namirembe, taking over from retiring Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi, who has been at the helm of the Anglican Church in Uganda for nine years.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Museveni asked clerics to utilise the pulpits to guide young people and preach against evils such as HIV/Aids and homosexuality. “If there are some homosexuals, we shall not kill or persecute them but there should be no promotion of homosexuality. We cannot accept promotion of homosexuality as if it is a good thing,” Mr Museveni said amid applause.

Comments (5)

The President preaches at primatial consecrations and lays out policy for a non-established Church? Bizarre.

Actually, Archbishop Robert Duncan preached at the institution of Abp. Ntagali. The Ugandan president must have made remarks at the service. Praise be to God for outgoing primate Abp. Orombi, a faithful bishop and a true man of God.

I was also confused by this story. So I e-mailed the reporter, whose e-mail address is at the end of the story, for clarification. He wrote right back and said Museveni did not preach, but offered a speech as part of the service. Odd, yes, for the president to speak, but the Anglican Church in Uganda plays a very significant role among that country's leaders.

The preacher, the reporter told me, was Bob Duncan. No word on the content of his sermon.

While we're on the church in Africa, here's a story that passed without comment on the Cafe last week: Joseph Abiodun Adetiloye, former primate of the Church of Nigeria, died. He preceded Akinola and by every account was the anti-Akinola in style, bearing, and outlook. There were many articles about him in the Nigerian press. Here's a good retrospective on his life and legacy: http://news2.onlinenigeria.com/latest-addition/227663-ex-anglican-archbishop-abiodun-adetiloye-dead-at-82.html

Thanks for the correction folks. I have fixed the headline. What is interesting, then, is that Bob Duncan spoke to the leaders of a church who have strongly supported the notorious Kill the Gays bill. I wonder what he said. The coverage on the ACNA web site doesn't cover that issue. http://www.anglicanchurch.net/?/main/page/554

"outgoing primate Abp. Orombi, a faithful bishop and a true man of God."

Anathema.

Prayers for the suffering LGBTs of Uganda ("World's Worst Place to be Gay"): the "least of these", God's treasured and beloved.

JC Fisher

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