Saturday, May 13, 2006

Archbishop Ndungane Calls for Acceptance of Gay Episcopal Cleric

"I've got great confidence that in spite of our differences, that within our diversity, the vast majority of Anglicans and Episcopalians want to get on with work," Ndungane said. "They want to make a difference in other people's lives, want to be true to the ethos of Anglicanism -- which is living with the difference in others."

Archbishop Challenges the Church
by Jason Kane [Washington Post]

CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Twelve years ago, Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu successfully fought for the end of legalized racism in apartheid South Africa. Now, his successor, Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, has turned his sights on his own church and says the time has come to abandon its "practices of discrimination."

Ever since the 2003 consecration of openly gay Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson, Ndungane has made himself an anomaly in Africa by raising a liberal voice on a continent where Robinson and the American church have been loudly condemned.

"The Anglican Communion should be on the forefront of fighting social ills and not bothering about what Gene Robinson may be doing or not doing," Ndungane said in an interview here. "He has been elected by his people and the people are comfortable with that."

Calling homosexuality a "pastoral, secondary problem," the archbishop of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa estimates that 70 percent of the world's 77 million Anglicans have grown tired of discussing the divisive topic and wish to return to the "life and death issues of this world."

Included in Ndungane's fundamental issues are alleviation of severe poverty, the HIV-AIDS epidemic and educational inequalities.

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Catherine said...

I knew in my heart and spirit that there had to be at least one brave, God-sent voice in Africa that knew God's real gospel of the Good News in Jesus Christ. May he be continually prayed for as he begins to clear the overgrown trail of misplaced legalistic condemnation of all believers on the Continent, and may he shine the light of Christ's understanding there and abroad. God bless him and all who strive for equality in Christ.

Anonymous said...

Are you implying, catherine, that all the other Africans are Satan-sent cowards preaching a fake gospel that condemns everybody on the planet?



Jeff Martinhauk said...

aatw -

I think your tin-foil hat is picking up a different channel today. Perhaps you need to adjust your reception. :)

I think Catherine articulated it quite well. The leadership of Uganda and Nigeria seem to have been lead astray by voices of fear, power, money, or something other than the Gospel imperative- love God and love your neighbor as yourself. That is how we serve God, giving credence to the legitimate moral values of Hope, Love, Trust, Faith, Compassion, Charity, and the like.