Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Sudan bishops call for Robinson's resignation


Jul 22, 2008

Canterbury, England

Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul, primate of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan and bishop of Juba, Tuesday said Bishop Gene Robinson, the openly gay bishop of New Hampshire, must resign for the sake of the unity of the Anglican Communion, which has been deeply divided over the issue of homosexuality.

Archbishop Deng Bul and his fellow bishops have also issued a statement calling on both the Canadian and American churches to "refrain from ordaining practicing homosexuals as bishops or priests, to refrain from approving same-sex blessings, and to "respect the authority of the Bible," among others.

The Sudanese bishops said that the consecration of Bishop Robinson and the approval by the Vancouver-based diocese of New Westminster of same- sex blessings has "seriously harmed the Church's witness in Africa and elsewhere, opening the church to ridicule and damaging its credibility in a multi-ethnic world."

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Jeremiah Andrews said...

I find this totally disgusting. The system is already fractured. And I support +Gene 100% he should not step down nor resign.

Jeremiah Andrews
Christ Church Cathedral

Elaine C. said...

Archbishop Deng Bul's request saddens me -- as a diocesan bishop there was a companion diocese relationship between his diocese and the diocese of Chicago. He has visited us and of course the relationship and connection will continue. What I wonder was, did he not realize that 30-40% of the diocese of Chicago clergy -- people he became friends with -- are glbt? That his request for Bishop Robinson to step down and for us to stop ordaining clergy that don't fit his culture . . . because it makes their evangelism hard. . . would make our church seem very wrong in our culture?

Jeremiah Andrews said...

It is a known fact that the "[C]hurch has a more conservative slant in Africa and other areas around the world. To think that he supports the ordination of women yet he maligns the LGBT people that go sight unseen (in his area of the world) might be too presumptuous.

The [C]hurch has always had its stance on the position of women and homosexuality, me thinks this cleric does not read his bible before he professes such vitriol.

It is one thing to hide behind ones bible or collar to support ones position, I also think that maybe he needs to reach across the aisle and meet people instead of writing them off as useless or invisible or unacceptable.

He clearly does not practice what he should be preaching.

Jeremiah Andrews
Christ Church Cathedral