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Nigeria: more coverage

The move by the Nigerian government which the Anglican Church there openly supports, to increase the criminal penalties for homosexuals and for their supporters, has received further coverage:

Church Times Giles Fraser Would you walk from a lynching?
The link on the CT websiteto the US State Department report on Nigerian human rights practices is incorrect at the time of writing and should really be this one.

Also both Mark Harris and Fr Jake have discussed this:
The Voice of Shame and the Shame of Silence:
Why Listen When We Can Beat, Defame and Incarcerate?

Mark has a broken link too, the Sun newspaper article to which he refers is this one.

Here’s a roundup of African comments from Sokari Ekine at Black Looks.

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Göran Koch-Swahne
14 years ago

It’s interesting to note the great silence these actions of the State and Church of Nigeria have provoked in some quarters…

RMF
RMF
14 years ago

It is a terrible state of affairs in Nigeria, yet time and again we see the leadership there, including their primate, try to usurp authority and act beyond their own borders, as if all is so well within them that they have the time and resources, to do it. The fact of the matter is that the Nigerian churches depend heavily on Anglican-wide, meaning English and North American, money to build their infrastructure, which in any event is primitive comparably. The very computers and other telco equipment they use to spread lies about their own people and attack other provinces,… Read more »

Prior Aelred
14 years ago

This situation is appalling beyond words — will no one in authority in the WWAC (or any of the churches therein) speak out on this?

Merseymike
Merseymike
14 years ago

I think that anyone with any sense should give no money at all to the Church of England. Support your own parish if it is inclusive, but make it clear that no money at all is to go to the central bureaucracy.

marc
marc
14 years ago

This is precisely why, if the militants succeed in hi-jacking the AC and molding it in their own image, as they will surely do, the AC as it ever has been known will cease to exist, and so why, no matter what I think of various questionable actions of our own, I will never align myself with THAT.

John Henry
John Henry
14 years ago

My disappointment in ++Rowan Cantuar grows by the day. Why doesn’t he stand up to the Arch-bigot Peter Abuja and the other Southern Hemisphere bullies and pirates who presume to have jurisdiction in, say, San Diego, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Virginia, etc., presuming to overide the local godly bishops and taking under their ‘bigot’ wings so-called Anglican clergy who shop for bishops the way Americans shop for used cars. The BORDER CROSSINGS have to stop. At least the Bishop of Bangor had the backbone to take a clear stand, maintinaing that “++Peter Abuja hath no jurisdiction in Wales.” ++Rowan Williams,… Read more »

Paul Hibbert
Paul Hibbert
14 years ago

The post above puts me in mind of a (much) earlier post where ++Rowan was criticized for behaving more like a servant than a leader – if only the poster had *meant* to be ironic! Unsurprisingly, I don’t know ++Rowan personally but from reading his work and published opinions it seems to me that he is steering a very difficult course, which is probably causing him considerable personal pain. Being willing to suffer that pain seems to be a course of responsibility rather than abdication. There have been many intemperate words in the Communion over the last couple of years;… Read more »

John Henry
John Henry
14 years ago

In many ways I concur with Paul Hibbert. ++Rowan Cantuar is an excellent theologian and I have read many of his published books with great interest. But is he a leader? Dr. Rowan Williams allows border crossings to continue unchecked. At least he could invoke the Windsor Report, and state very clearly, as did the Bishop of Bangor, that “++Peter Abuja hath no jurisdiction in Wales.” The border crossings in the U.S.A. by bishops and primates of the Global South are absolutely scandalous. The ECUSA bishops affected by it are, typically, not extreme revisionists, but bishops steering a middle course… Read more »

RMF
RMF
14 years ago

Those churches are in a bit of denial. They remove themselves from Episcopal oversight, therefore, they are no longer in communion with Canterbury, therefore, they are no longer Anglican unless we are willing to say that a church can be in Communion with Canterbury even though it is not a part of the Anglican province of a designated area. To state that the overseer is a man 6000+ miles away with little if any connection to the congregation except one especial issue, not to mention zero permission from the existing bishop, yet he somehow confers legitimacy and exercises authority, has… Read more »

Martin Reynolds
14 years ago

John Henry refers to the Panel of Reference – a creature of the Archbishop of Canterbury. It may be that in the long term such a panel may attract the confidence and support of the whole Anglican Communion, at some time in the future the governing bodies of the constituent churches might even grant that Panel a specific role in the resolution of disputes. At this time it has neither of these. Some member churches (such as my own) have a structure in place for the resolution of disputes and I do not see this changing soon. If some Provinces… Read more »

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