In his latest pastoral letter Gafcon Chairman Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, Primate of Kenya writes,
Real discipleship will be marked by sacrifice and by love for Jesus Christ, and if we truly love Jesus Christ, we will love another and we will work together love the lost. It is therefore very sad that the Archbishop of Canterbury is calling a meeting of Primates to see if the Communion can be saved by making relationships between its Churches more distant rather than closer.
A statement in response to the Archbishop’s invitation can found on the GAFCON website. Let me simply say here that a global Communion embracing widely different cultures should strengthen its member Churches by mutual wisdom to see where adaptation becomes compromise, each Church being submitted to the revelation of Jesus Christ as we have it in Scripture as our final authority in all times and in all places. Instead, it has become clear over the last twenty years that the Communion is becoming a source of weakness as Churches which have rejected the truth as Anglicans have received it spread false teaching, yet continue to enjoy full communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Yet the Kenyan Daily Nation has Anglican primate downplays split call ahead of meeting Global Anglican Future Conference. An extract:
Archbishop Eliud Wabukala told the Sunday Nation yesterday that any impending split is not a Kenyan affair as those were internal conflicts among the churches in North America.
“Those are internal affairs in the North American churches. I wish you could get in touch with the Archbishop of Canterbury as we are not involved in any way,” said Rev Wabukala.
He said that despite having an Anglican communion, every province — or country — is guided by its own constitution in terms of discipline and laws.
Meanwhile, from the same Daily Nation article,
… the Anglican church in Kenya has in recent weeks been embroiled in a controversy of its own.
Early this month, the Mt Kenya West Diocese expelled five priests who were under investigations for allegedly engaging in acts of homosexuality.
The five were excommunicated after investigations by a tribunal formed by the church.
Five more priests from the Anglican Church of Kenya are now being investigated for allegedly engaging in homosexuality. According to the church, the five from Mt. Kenya region are married and have children even as their wives remain unaware of their husbands’ hidden sexual orientation.
Bishop Joseph Kagunda of the Mount Kenya West Diocese, confirmed that the church had set up a tribunal to probe the matter mid this year, the Nation reports.
“The church is ashamed to be associated with them,” rebuked Bishop Kagunda.
Last week the Anglican Church suspended one of its priests for allegedly luring four young men to the vicar’s house, where it is reported he forced them to sleep with him.
Bishop Kagunda also told the Nation that the church had established that some of the accused preachers all over the country had been engaging with fellow priests for a long time.