African Anglicans irate over gay bishop

Nov. 4, 2003 at 7:57 AM
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DURHAM, N.H., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- The elevation of a gay Episcopal priest to bishop has prompted a Kenyan cleric to declare Tuesday, "The Devil has clearly entered our church," reports said.

Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi of Kenya made the statement, adding his church will have nothing to do with the Episcopal Church U.S.A., which sanctioned the election of Bishop Gene Robinson in New Hampshire Sunday.

The worldwide opposition was most vocal in Africa, the New York Times said.

In a joint statement, the primates of the Global South, which takes in most of the church in Africa, Asia and the West Indies, said they were appalled by the consecration, and would not recognize Robinson's ministry.

The primates, who account for 50 million of the 77 million members of the Anglican Communion, said: "We are appalled that the authorities within the Episcopal Church of the U.S. have ignored the heartfelt plea of the Communion not to proceed with the consecration of Gene Robinson."

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