Comments: Archbishop of Canterbury responds to Church of Nigeria

"Archbishop Fearon’s view on the criminalisation of people of same gender attraction is fully in line with Resolution 1.10 of the 1998 Lambeth Conference."

We can take it then that the Archbishop of Canterbury is declaring that the view of the Anglican Church of Nigeria is NOT fully in line with Resolution 1.10 of the 1998 Lambeth Conference.

Posted by Paul Richardson at Friday, 26 June 2015 at 3:15pm BST

Why is ++Justin commenting on this?
Why does he feel he needs to?

Posted by Rich at Friday, 26 June 2015 at 6:02pm BST

Paul, you might think that. But His Grace could not possibly comment!

Posted by Jeremy at Friday, 26 June 2015 at 8:44pm BST

As someone who was highly skeptical of Bishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon's appointment, based on problematic past statements and a chilling reference to a Nigerian gay who's now "in therapy for it," my heart is gladdened that +Josiah has spoken out clearly in opposition to the jail the gays laws. It is good to see that ACC leadership is not in alignment with human rights violations.

MLK thought that the first order of business was to stop the persecution, the love could come later.

🎉 💕 🎉 💕 🎉 (Marriage equality)

Posted by Cynthia at Friday, 26 June 2015 at 8:50pm BST

Well, this is probably a good thing although personally very uncomfortable for Archbishop Josiah. He is to be an international civil servant and as such display impartiality. if the Church in Nigeria thought he was there to push their agenda, it would be far more serious for the Anglican Communion and possibly also for Archbishop Josiah who may have felt pulled in two directions.

Posted by Susan Cooper at Friday, 26 June 2015 at 11:28pm BST

"The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) as a Province is a founding member of GAFCON/FCA, and subscribed to The Jerusalem Declaration, 2008. The Most Rev’d Josiah Idowu-Fearon’s statement: ‘I have never supported the law in Nigeria that criminalizes the gay community and I will never support it,’ clearly indicates that he is not in accord with the theological and doctrinal posture of the Church of Nigeria."

Let that sink in a minute. This amounts to a proclamation that it is the OFFICIAL position of GAFCON/FCA, that the gay community SHOULD be ***criminalized***.

On a day when the Supreme Court of the USA has stated that the U.S. Constitution guarantees a right to marry for same-sex couples, GAFCON-affiliated ACNA (et al GAFCON affiliates) says those same-sex couples should be *arrested*. For those who think TEC should be blase' when ACNA tries to take Episcopal property, consider the uses that property would be put to.

Posted by JCF at Saturday, 27 June 2015 at 1:42am BST

Its London Gay Pride Parade today, we are celebrating and using the occasion to create awareness about the persecution and violence attacks on LGBT people in Nigeria.
LGBT Nigerians are tired of living under anti-gay laws. They need help to challenge and litigate against the Nigeria draconian anti gay laws.
The Most Rev’d Josiah Idowu-Fearon is not the only Nigeria Bishop that is not in favour of the law in Nigeria that criminalizes the gay community, we hope that others will begin to take the bold steps by speaking out publicly.
We also call on Nigerian theologians and scholars at home and abroad to begin to come out and publicly interpret the bible teaching’s on a more generous understanding that oppose draconian anti gay laws and violence.

Posted by Davis Mac-Iyalla at Saturday, 27 June 2015 at 2:44pm BST

JCF: the Church of Nigeria, to its shame, supports criminalizing LGBTs. Neither GAFCON nor ACNA have taken a position on this issue. That they haven't opposed criminalizing LGBTs is to their shame. But to say it's there official position that LGBTs should be criminalized is an overstatement.

Posted by Paul Powers at Sunday, 28 June 2015 at 4:40pm BST

It is not an overstatement, however, to say that there are GAFCON members who support these draconian laws. That alone is cause for deep concern.

Posted by Cynthia at Monday, 29 June 2015 at 7:01am BST
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