10 January 2013

Uganda: Ntagali Opposed to Gay Bishops

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Homosexual rights demonstrators in Uganda.

Church of Uganda Archbishop Stanley Ntagali has indicated that he will not accept gay men as bishops.

Ntagali's position follows a decision by a synod of the bishops of England, which voted to consecrate gay men as bishops as long as they agree to remain celibate and not preach about. Ntagali acknowledged that the Church in England introduced the Christian gospel to Uganda but this latest decision did not reflect the tenets of church teaching.

The Anglican Archbishop's comments are contained in a January 7 email to The Observer, in which he pledged to maintain contacts with the Anglican Communion despite differences in opinion. The Church of Uganda has been at odds with the rest of the communion over positions relating to gay clergy.

In 2003, the American church allowed the consecration of a gay bishop, Gene Robinson, a move that nearly broke up church, which continues to teach that homosexuality is a sin.

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