Archbishop of Sudan calls for New Hampshire bishop Gene Robinson … for a second time
Posted on February 6, 2009
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Editor’s note: With all that needs to be set right in the Sudan, you’d think the “Anglican Church” there would have something better to do than call (again) for Bishop Gene Robinson to resign. Perhaps the Sudanese church thinks there’s money to be raised by bowing to the conservative American millionaires who in the past have funded the far right’s campaign to split the Episcopal Church in the US. Who knows? At any rate, this call for Bishops Gene’s resignation will do as much good as it did at Lambeth when it was first voiced. Maybe it is just easier for the Sudanese archbishop to bash a gay scapegoat than it is for him to face his nation’s huge problems …
There were renewed calls yesterday for the resignation of the Right Reverend Gene Robinson, the openly gay bishop of New Hampshire, and of the clergy those who consecrated him.
The demand came from the Archbishop of Sudan, the Most Reverend Daniel Deng, who last summer shocked Anglicans by issuing a statement condemning the 2003 decision to consecrate Robinson, a non-celibate gay man, and the US bishops responsible for his appointment.
The position was supported by the Episcopal Church of Sudan, which with has four million followers, 300 primary schools and 24 dioceses. It had previously remained neutral on the issue of homosexuality. The unexpected statement was of special concern for the US Episcopal Church, which enjoys close ties to the African country.
On the penultimate day of a meeting between the world’s archbishops and senior bishops to address regional and international concerns, Deng was asked whether he had changed his stance on Robinson and the US Episcopal Church.
He replied: “We are asking that within the primates meeting and the situation on the statement remains the same. We have not deviated. What is needed is for churches in the Anglican world to wrestle with these issues so it comes to an end.”
See Archbishop of Sudan calls for New Hampshire bishop Gene Robinson … guardian.co.uk
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