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Homosexuality is tearing fabric of Anglican union, says Ntagali

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Homosexuality is tearing fabric of Anglican union, says Ntagali

Church of Uganda Archbishop Stanley Ntagali talks to journalists at the press conference. Photo by Rachel Mabala. 

By Ephraim Kasozi

Posted  Wednesday, August 14   2013 at  00:00

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Church of Uganda has joined the Church in Nigeria and other churches in East Africa to speak against rising levels of homosexuality in the Anglican Church.

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Church of Uganda Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, has attacked the church in America for consecration of a gay man as bishop, saying the unbiblical decision has torn the fabric of the Anglican Communion at its deepest level.

Ten years ago this month, a homosexual; a divorced father of two, was elected bishop in the Episcopal Church in America.

Archbishop Ntagali lamented that the homosexual crisis in the church still exists and is deepening, with no signs of improving.

“There were many attempts by the primates of the Anglican Communion to bring discipline to the American Church, but they were not implemented. And, so the spiritual cancer has spread,” he said.

The Archbishop added: “It has infected the Anglican church in Canada, the Church of England, the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Church of Wales, and even the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.”

Situation worsening
Addressing journalists at the Provincial offices in Namirembe, Kampala, Archbishop Ntagali observed that the decision only makes the brokenness of the Communion worse and is particularly disheartening coming from the mother church.

The prelate said the growing crisis has prompted the Church of Uganda in partnership with the Archbishop of Nigeria and the other archbishops of east Africa to organise the second Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) with the aim of reviving biblical faith and agreements within the Anglican Communion.

“We are going to GAFCON 2 in Nairobi (Kenya) to see that the biblical faith spreads like revival throughout the whole Anglican communion, so that global Anglicanism is brought back to its biblical and evangelistic faith,” said Archbishop Ntagali, appealing to believers to pray and support it financially.

The first GAFCON was held five years ago in Jerusalem leading to the creation of a global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans led by a Primates Council that called for the creation of a new Bible-believing Anglican province in North America.

“That new Anglican province has now been created and is thriving; called the Anglican Church in North America,” he added.

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