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African Bishops Not Happy Over Gay Bishops

Anglican Bishops from African societies expressed their disappointment with efforts by the Church of England to allow gays and females to serve as bishops. Rev. Dr. Daniel Deng, arch bishop of Sudan, blasted developments in Canada and the United States where gay clergy are being ordained and same sex relationships are blessed. “This has not only caused deep divisions, within the communion,” said Deng, “but it has seriously harmed the church’s witness in Africa, opening the church to ridicule and damaging its credibility in a multi-religious environment.” He called on Rev. Gene Robinson, who is an acknowledged gay, to resign in order to save the church from division within its ranks.

The Rev. Deng argued “God is not making a mistake creating Adam and Eve–he could have created two Adams if he wanted. If he(Robinson) was a real Christian he would resign.” He essentially argued the resignation of Robinson would result in traditionalist bishops feeling they could return to the church. His complaint was in line with numerous arguments being expressed at the Lambeth Conference by individuals representing virtually all views.

One issue not explored by the Rev. Deng is what if She went ahead and created two Eves, would the bishop be a happy man?