York joins in Nigeria denunciation
By Stephen Cottrell -March 5, 20211311https://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=https://anglican.ink/2021/03/05/york-joins-in-nigeria-denunciation/&layout=button_count&show_faces=false&width=105&action=like&colorscheme=light&height=21 Facebook Twitter Print WhatsApp Email
The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell today issued a message in support of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s statement regarding Archbishop Ndukuba of Nigeria.
“I welcome and support the Archbishop of Canterbury’s clear condemnation of the language used by Archbishop Ndukuba in his recent statement. I share his sorrow that LGBTI+ people across the world will feel less safe as a result. My prayer and hope for the LLF process in the Church of England is that we may find a way of living with our God given diversity and be a place of welcome and belonging for everyone, strengthened and encouraged to live Christ’s story together.”SOURCEDiocese of York press office
I would have expected nothing less of the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell – than that he should have issued this statement of warning of the danger to LGBTI+ people in Nigeria, caused directly by the incendiary statement made by the Nigerian Anglican Primate recently on his denunication of members of the LGBTI+ community who profess their faith as Christians.
It should be noted that the Nigerian Government’s criminalisation of LGBTI+ people in Nigeria is openly and wilfully supported by the Anglican Church in that country – a matter which must concern every Anglican around the world because of its outright abuse of the human rights of a group of people whose only ‘sin’ is to be differently oriented in either their gender or sexual nature from the binary majority.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand