The Ugandan Statement

Here’s the statement by the new Primate of Uganda.

Archbishop Stanley NtagaliIt is very discouraging to hear that the Church of England, which once brought the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Uganda, has taken such a significant step away from that very gospel that brought life, light, and hope to us.

The recent decision of the House of Bishops to allow clergy in civil partnerships to be eligible to become Bishops is really no different from allowing gay Bishops. This decision violates our Biblical faith and agreements within the Anglican Communion.

When the American Church made this decision in 2003 it tore the fabric of the Anglican Communion at its deepest level. This decision only makes the brokenness of the Communion worse and is particularly disheartening coming from the Mother Church.

We stand with those in the Church of England who continue to stand for the Biblical and historic faith and practice of the Church.

Our grief and sense of betrayal are beyond words.

The Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali
ARCHBISHOP, CHURCH OF UGANDA.

Hang on a minute. Here’s the key sentence.

The recent decision of the House of Bishops to allow clergy in civil partnerships to be eligible to become Bishops is really no different from allowing gay Bishops.

No, it is completely different. We already have some gay bishops who are completely chaste. They have always been completely chaste. They teach the orthodox position on sexual morality. How are these faithful and obedient men the same as someone in a civil partnership who, for all intents and purposes, has a same-sex lover even if they don’t have sex with them?

The Church of England has made no “decision”, it has simply gone back to where we were in 2011.

Someone needs to either stop scaremongering or start to get to grips with the subtlety of language.

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