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Gay Clergy: Nigerian Anglican Church threatens to dump Church of England
From: African Examiner          Published On: January 11, 2013, 08:23 GMT
 
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 Gay Clergy: Nigerian Anglican Church threatens  to dump Church of England
As controversies trail the last week’s decision of the Church of
England to reverse its decision prohibiting gay clergy in civil
partnerships becoming Bishops, the Church of Nigeria, Anglican
Communion has threatened to break away from the larger entity.

Arising from its 2013 annual retreat, held at the Ibru Centre,
Agbarha Otor, Delta sstate, the Bishops of the Church of Nigeria
(Anglican Communion) said they heard with dismay, the news of the
recent action of the Church of England House of Bishops.

In a swift reaction to the development, the Primate, Church of
Nigeria, the Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh said the decision to
permit homosexual clergy in civil partnerships to now be considered
for the episcopacy is a step removed from the moral precipice that
have already been witnessed in The Episcopal Church (USA) and
the Anglican Church of Canada.

According to a resolution reached at the end of its 2013 annual
retreat at the Ibru Centre, Agbarha Otor, Delta State, the Bishops of
the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) expressed their
dismay over the news of the recent action of the Church of England
House of Bishops.

“We urge the House of Bishops to reconsider their decision so as to
allow for a full, prayerful and sober reflection on the call on all
clergy, especially bishops, to live holy lives and not encourage what
are, at best, morally ambiguous partnerships that make it impossible
for a bishop to be a wholesome example to the flock. Especially,
since the supposed assurances of celibacy, while perhaps well
intentioned, are both unworkable and unenforceable.” The Bishops
of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) noted in the
resolution.

Last announcement from the Church of England House of Bishops
said they would allow gay clergy to become bishops if they promise
to be celibate while the issue has remained contentious in the
church since 2003 amid disagreements over gay cleric Jeffrey John
becoming Bishop of Reading.


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