ANGLICAN CHURCH WARNS AGAINST HOMOSEXUALISM AMONG PRIESTS

By Chimaobi Nwaiwu

Nnewi—Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion Diocese of Mbamili, Anambra State, has read the riot act to  priests and members of the laity who may involved in homosexuality, saying anyone caught in the act will be shown the way out of the diocese.

This is contained in a Presidential Address/Bishop’s Charge, delivered to the 3rd Session of the 3rd Synod, Diocese of Mbamili, read by Bishop of the Diocese, Rt. Rev. Henry Okeke, at the Cathedral Church of St Michael, Umuikwu Anam, Anambra West Local Government Anambra State.

The diocese through its bishop, Rt. Rev. Okeke, said it had zero tolerance for any kind homosexuality and practices that are against Anglican Church, warning that any priest or member of the Laity caught in the act will be dismissed within 24 hours without any deliberation.

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He said: “Homosexuality is a very serious global war that must be won by Anglicans, not just in the church but in the secular world because some people who call themselves children of God are beginning to do, ordinarily and humanly speaking, things that should not be done.

“Homosexuality is an aberration, it is anti cultural and anti scriptural, and there is no way you can link it to God’s plan for man. It is turning upside down the plan of God for man, that is why the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion is at the forefront of the fight and an organisation in the Anglican Church, called the Global Anglican Future Conference, GAFCON, is championing the fight to make sure that the Western church does not bring in this monster into our religious system.

“And so for us in the Diocese of Mbamili, Anambra State, it is a very serious fight, and that is why we have told our clergy men that any one that attempts it, we will do our best to be pastoral at heart, but the person must leave, it shows he is not supposed to be a pastor.

“That is why we are saying it here at the synod and some other dioceses in the Anglican Communion, that we are also not taking the aberration lightly. They are taking the same steps because we condemn it wholly and entirely, homosexuality is an enemy of God and the church.

“We have identified one here in this diocese and we have dealt with it on its merit by showing the priest the way out, we sent him packing without waste of time, and other have learnt a lot of lessons from that incident.”

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