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Without mention of Church of Nigeria criticism, ACNA responds

The Anglican Church of North America has responded to criticism from the Anglican Church of Nigeria over ACNA’s recent statement regarding persons of (in ACNA’s words) “persons with same-sex attraction.” ACNA’s response makes no reference to the criticism by the Anglican Church of Nigeria, and deflects that criticism of its statement onto a “Dear Gay Anglicans” letter issued by some ACNA members, lay and clergy.

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Without mention of Church of Nigeria criticism, ACNA responds

The Anglican Church of North America has responded to criticism from the Anglican Church of Nigeria over ACNA’s recent statement regarding persons of (in ACNA’s words) “persons with same-sex attraction.” ACNA’s response makes no reference to the criticism by the Anglican Church of Nigeria, and deflects that criticism of its statement onto a “Dear Gay Anglicans” letter issued by some ACNA members, lay and clergy.

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“Truly, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom;

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