Archbishop Stanley Ntagali of the Church of Uganda has attacked gay clergy-men saying they do not belong to the Anglican faith. Speaking at a press conference at his residence on Namirembe Hill on Tuesday, Archbishop Ntagali said having gay bishops is an â€˜unbiblical decisionâ€™ and a â€˜spiritual cancerâ€™ in the Anglican faith.
Archbishop Stanley Ntagali of the Church of Uganda has attacked gay clergy-men saying they do not belong to the Anglican faith.
Speaking at a press conference at his residence on Namirembe Hill on Tuesday, Archbishop Ntagali said the idea of having gay bishops is an ‘unbiblical decision’ and a ‘spiritual cancer’ in the Anglican faith.
The remarks come ten years after the first gay bishop, Gene Robinson, was consecrated in the Diocese of New Hampshire, in the United States. Bishop Robinson’s consecrated caused a rift in the global Anglican faith, something that Archbishop Ntagali calls tearing the fabric of the Anglican Communion at its deepest level.
Ntagali, the former Masindi Kitara Diocesan bishop who was installed as archbishop in December last year, says the Anglican Church is built on the doctrines of biblical teaching which only recognize hetero-sexual relationships. He says homosexuality is diversionary from the Godly message which puts the Anglican Church’s global position on the matter at cross-roads.
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Archbishop Ntagali says the Ugandan Anglican community takes exception of the decision by the England House of Bishops to allow gay bishops as part of the Anglican clergy and thus will have a Global Anglican Future Conference in Nairobi, Kenya in October to resolve the issues.
He says he is teaming up with other church leaders from West and East Africa to organise the Nairobi conference, with the Church of Uganda sending 200 delegates.
The Global Anglican Future Conference or Gafcon will be the second of its kind that brings together Archbishops around the world who oppose gay bishops. In 2008, the anti-gay Anglican Church leaders gathered in Jerusalem, Israel to reflect on the future of the church.
More than 1,000 senior leaders from seventeen provinces in the Anglican Communion, representing 35 million church-going Anglicans, attended the conference that took place from June 22nd to 29th of that year.
They include at least 280 bishops.
Ntagali appears to be taking the anti-gay campaign on from his predecessor, Archbishop Henry Luke Orombi, who traversed the world to preach against the matter and was one of the main organisers of the Gafcon in 2008.
Among other decisions made in Jerusalem, the bishops created a new Anglican province in North America to cater for those who were opposed to the decision to ordain gay priests.
Some provinces within the Anglican Church have in the past ten years become more liberal on the issue of homosexuality. Recently gay bishops have been ordained in Canada, the Church of England, Wales and Southern Africa.