11 October 2004

Uganda: Kisekka Rejects Gay Cash Donation

Luweero — The Anglican diocese has rejected an offer of $30,000, (about Shs60 million) from a US diocese that supported the ordination of an American gay bishop.

Bishop Evans Kisekka said this while addressing diocesan department heads and chairpersons of commissions and boards in Luweero, recently.

He said the money had been received from the Los Angeles Diocese in America towards the completion of a girls' hostel at Ndejje University.

The 20- room hostel, currently under construction, is an Anglican Church project aimed at supplementing the income of Luweero Diocese.

The bishop said the diocese would be betraying the Anglican Church doctrines, if they accepted the money. "We had a good relationship with these people but they contradicted the Church doctrines by supporting the ordination of a gay bishop," Kisekka said.

He said the money had reached their account, but he communicated their stand to the donor diocese. "We shall continue rejecting offers from such churches though we are a needy diocese," he said.

The Los Angeles Diocese was one of the American dioceses that backed the ordination of Rev. Can. Gene Robinson as a bishop of New Hampshire.

"Robinson is a renowned gay who is said to have divorced his official wife and abandoned his two children," Kisekka said. He said he had written to the Archbishop, the Most Rev. Henry Luke Orombi, over the matter and he blessed their decision.

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