Gay Bishops: Nigeria Anglican Communion Threatens to Break away from Church of England

Following the decision of the Church of England to drop
opposition to gay bishops in civil partnerships, the Church of
has threatened to break away
from the Church of England.
The move by the Church of
England, if carried through, would
allow gay clergy to become
bishops if they promise to be
celibate. The move does not go
down well with Conservative
evangelical Anglicans.
After its 2013 annual retreat, held at the Ibru Centre,
Agbarha Otor, Delta State, 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. The Primate, Church of Nigeria, the Most
Revd Nicholas Okoh said “the decision to permit homosexual
clergy in civil partnerships to now be considered for the
episcopacy is one step removed from the moral precipice that
we have already witnessed in The Episcopal Church (USA) and
the Anglican Church of Canada.
“When the Church of England failed to exercise its legal and
moral right to opt out of the civil partnerships legislation in
2005, warnings were given in England and around the
Anglican Communion that this was a first step towards the
recognition and institutionalization of behaviour contrary to
the plain teaching of scripture and reaffirmed for all
Anglicans by the 1998 Lambeth Conference in its Resolution
“Sadly those warnings were ignored and we now face the next
step in a process that could very well shatter whatever hopes
we had for healing and reconciliation within our beloved
Communion… We are also grieved by the timing of this
decision coming only days before the retirement of
Archbishop Rowan Williams and before Dr. Justin Welby
becomes the new Archbishop of Canterbury.
“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.
“As a House of Bishops, while we acknowledge that we all fall
short of God’s call to holiness, we dare not compromise the
clear teaching of our Lord on faithfulness within Holy
Matrimony and chastity outside of it.
“Sadly we must also declare that, if the Church of England
continues in this contrary direction we must further
separate ourselves from it and we are prepared to take the
same actions as those prompted by the decisions of The
Episcopal Church (USA) and the Anglican Church of Canada
ten years ago.”

Source: Vanguard

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