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Welby Responds to Ndukuba

Welby Responds to Ndukuba

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has issued a statement in response to last week’s letter by the Archbishop of Nigeria, Henry Ndukuba, in which Ndukuba declared there was no such thing as a “gay Christian.”

The Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria, the Most Reverend Henry C Ndukuba, issued a statement on Friday 26 February 2021 which referred to “the deadly ‘virus’ of homosexuality”. The statement goes on to use phrases like, “[homosexuality] is likened to a Yeast that should be urgently and radically expunged and excised lest it affects the whole dough”. It also states that “secular governments are adopting aggressive campaign for global homosexual culture.” (sic)

I completely disagree with and condemn this language. It is unacceptable. It dehumanises those human beings of whom the statement speaks.

I have written privately to His Grace The Archbishop to make clear that this language is incompatible with the agreed teaching of the Anglican Communion (expressed most clearly, albeit in unsuitable language for today, in paragraphs c and d of resolution I.10 of the Lambeth Conference 1998). This resolution both restated a traditional view of Christian marriage and was clear in its condemnation of homophobic actions or words. It affirmed that “all baptised, believing and faithful persons, regardless of sexual orientation, are full members of the Body of Christ.”

See the Cafe’s previous coverage of this issue, which began with an ACNA member and several clergy signing on to a public, “Dear Gay Anglicans” letter, here, here, and here.

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Manley Williams

I’m glad he cited the part that said “are loved by God and that all baptised, believing and faithful persons, regardless of sexual orientation, are full members of the Body of Christ;”
I think the rest reflects a need to read the scripture with a little more care, love, and openness to God.

Alice D Gray

Like the man said, “God don’t make no junk.” Even the lowly slug has a job – a function in life. All of God’s creation is beautiful and purposeful. We are all part of it, part of each other, and part of our Loving Creator.
from an American Cradle Piskie – and preacher’s kid @ that…..

Tom

Regarding the Slug! Did you hear about the slug in the aquarium who decided one day that he wasn’t going to take any more crap! Actually, this is no joking matter. Whatever happened to the Anglican Communion? There was a time when we took hospitality seriously, now we decided, not God, who is worthy and who is not. This has to stop!

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