Archbishop of Canterbury claims he’s powerless to bless gay marriages because it would create split in global Anglican Church
- Most Rev Justin Welby said it was ‘impossible’ for some worshippers in Africa to support homosexuality
- He said the Church, which has 77 million followers globally, must not take a step that would cut these groups off
- ‘I do believe passionately that unity is something we have to maintain’, he says
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (pictured in Kent on Friday) has suggested he cannot allow the blessing of gay marriages because it would split the global Anglican Church
The Archbishop of Canterbury has suggested that he cannot allow the blessing of gay marriages because it would split the global Anglican Church.
Although sympathetic to calls for the Church to honour same-sex relationships in public, the Most Rev Justin Welby said it was ‘impossible’ for some worshippers in Africa to support homosexuality.
Speaking after the introduction last month of gay marriage in England and Wales by the Government, the Archbishop said that the Church, which has 77 million followers globally, must not take a step that would cut these groups off.
‘I do believe passionately that unity is something we have to maintain,’ he told The Daily Telegraph as the Church embarks on a consultation into the introduction of informal blessing-like services.
‘I may be wrong, but I also believe that to take a step that means that people who desperately need our help – and who we can help – can’t take it, feel in their own culture that it is impossible to be helped by us, is something that we can’t easily do.’
He said the Church must listen to the world’s ‘victims of oppression and poverty’ who ‘find that issue an almost impossible one to deal with’.
He added: ‘How do you hold those two things [in balance] and do what is right and just by all?’
The Archbishop said he visited the scene of a massacre of Christians in South Sudan and had been told by religious leaders that they would not accept the Anglican Church’s help in future if blessings of gay marriage were allowed.
The Archbishop insisted he was not giving into ‘moral blackmail’ but could not easily take a decision that would cause further deep rifts within the Church. But the Bishop of Buckingham, the Rt Rev Alan Wilson, said it was ‘wrong’ to relate gay marriage in the West to ‘warlords and people who practise genocide in central Africa’.
Although sympathetic to calls for the Church to honour same-sex relationships in public, the Most Rev Justin Welby said it was ‘impossible’ for some worshippers in Africa to support homosexuality
Picture: The Archbishop of Canterbury giving a Solemn Blessing at Canterbury Cathedral In this article from the Daily Mail in the U.K., we are treated to another re-run of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s equivalence of any Church Blessing of Gay Marriage in England with the murder of Christians in Africa. Despite criticism from many quarters in the U.K. about this assertion that; for the Church of England to add any form of blessing to legal Same-Sex Marriages would cause grave danger to members of the Anglican Church in, for instance, the Sudan; the ABC still insists on making this consequentialism, which seems to lack credibility. Same-Sex Marriage is already happening in the U.K. and there have been no reports of mass murder in Africa as a direct result of that legislation. Homosexuals , including Christians, are being killed in Africa already because of stringent local laws against them in countries like Uganda, Nigeria and Sudan; so what worse plight could face Christians in those countries where homophobia is rife? Instead of tackling the problem of homophobia in former colonial Anglican Churches on the African Continent, it seems that the Church of England is more intent on making an excuse for the sad continuance of homophobia at home. Here, also, is a quote from a former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord George Carey, linked in the same article from the mail, comparing his own marriage with with that of the later Sir Winston Churchill, as paradigms of Christian virtue: “My wife and I are fast catching up Winston and Clementine, with nearly 54 years on the clock. We, too, need no convincing that marriage is the absolute heart of human love and the building block of society. In saying this, I am not condemning other forms of family life, but I am firmly convinced that marriage is the best and most stable of all.” Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2608159/The-fact-marriage-treated-shabbily-todays-politicians-says-LORD-CAREY.html#ixzz2zQ85xTxm On this premise alone, surely Lord Carey might concede that for Same-Sex Couples to enter into a monogamous, faithful, and life-long commitment to one another in Marriage – similar to that of heterosexual couples – rather than evade commitment to the bond of marriage, would be preferable, especially when the concept of marriage seems not to be considered as necessary nowadays for a stable relationship in today’s world by every co-habiting heterosexual couple. Same-Sex Marriage in such circumstances might rather be an encouragement, rather than a discouragement, for similar heterosexual commitment to marriage. Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand