Africa will never back gays, says Wabukala

Published: October 23, 2013

ARCHBISHOP Eliud Wabukala of the Anglican Church has said African bishops will always oppose homosexuality. Wabukhala, who is the new chairman of the Global Anglican Future Conference bringing all Anglican churches, said while at the helm, he will fight for the introduction of the opposition more vigorously.

 
Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria was the first chairman while Wabukhala has succeeded Graig Vennables of South America. Addressing a press conference in Nairobi yesterday before the start of the second conference, he said he advocates for the church to base its teachings on the book of Genesis which defines the role of man and woman. "Many African countries are against homosexuality and will always be against it," Wabukala said.
 
GAFCON’s first conference was held in 2003 in Jerusalem, Israel. It comprises archbishops from Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Rwanda, Congo, South and and North America.
 
It was formed after the controversial consecration of an openly homosexual bishop Gene Robinson by the Episcopal Church of United States of America in 2003. 
 
The mission of GAFCON is premised on reforming the church, reshaping it, and strengthening all the faithful of Anglican churches. 
 
Wabukala together with Nigeria’s Archbishop Nicholas Okoh have been denouncing homosexuality. Nigeria has about 18 million Anglican followers.
 
In a letter to the Church of England’s House of Bishops early this year, Wabukala said allowing gay priests to become bishops will create confusion about Anglican moral teachings and make restoring unity to the communion a greater challenge.
 
As the chairman of GAFCON, he said the Church of England’s decision to demand celibacy of gay bishops is a compromise between liberals and conservatives opposed to opening the episcopate to them

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