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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?

Anglican Bishops Threaten Split With Liberals

Senior Anglican bishops who are disturbed by efforts of the more liberal wing to make significant changes in the composition of the church are threatening to take action against leaders of the liberal wing such as the Archbishop of Canterbury. Many conservative bishops are refusing to attend the annual meeting in Lambeth as a mark of their protest against the leadership of Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury.

Michael Nazir Ali, the Bishop of Rochester, is among the leaders of the conservative revolt and he denounced the Archbishop of Canterbury’s “revisionist leadership.” Major issues of conflict revolve around the liberal desire to allow gays to be members of the clergy and to accept women in church leadership positions. The Rev. Peter Akinola, who is Archbishop of Nigeria, and a leading conservative, warned against “modern cultural and revisionist leadership.”

The conflict within the Anglican church is seen in just about all modern churches as some people resist the winds of cultural change in the world.