The leader of a global group of traditional Anglicans in Kenya has condemned the Church of England for dropping its prohibition on gay clergy becoming bishops, providing they are in celibate or in celibate civil partnerships.

The Independent reports Archbishop Eliud Wabukala, the Primate of Kenya and the leader of the influential Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, saying:

“It is a great sadness that before the New Year has hardly begun, the life of the Anglican Communion has yet again been clouded by compromise with the secular preoccupations of the West.”

Archbishop Wabukala added the COfE was “compromising with the secular preoccupations of the West,” and warned the move would cause further division among conservative Anglicans.

The Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans represents conservative congregations in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia who are vehemently opposed to same-sex unions and gay bishops.

They formed four years ago and threatened to break away from the global Anglican Communion if openly gay men continued to be welcomed as clerics in more liberal dioceses such as the United States and Britain.

Over the weekend in the United States the Anglican Church’s first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson, retired after almost ten years.

His election back in 2003, caused an international uproar in the church, but Bishop Robinson said he was glad to have gone on to speak out in favour of equality