The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has issued a strong statement against recent comments from the Primate of All Nigeria on homosexuality.
Archbishop Henry C Ndukuba spoke of “the deadly ‘virus’ of homosexuality” in a February 26 statement. He likened it to “a yeast that should be urgently and radically expunged and excised lest it affects the whole dough”, and added that “secular governments are adopting aggressive campaign for global homosexual culture.”
Responding to his comments, Archbishop Welby said: “I completely disagree with and condemn this language. It is unacceptable. It dehumanises those human beings of whom the statement speaks.”
Welby said he had written to the Nigerian Primate privately “to make clear that this language is incompatible with the agreed teaching of the Anglican Communion (expressed most clearly, albeit in unsuitable language for today, in paragraphs c and d of resolution I.10 of the Lambeth Conference 1998).”
“This resolution both restated a traditional view of Christian marriage and was clear in its condemnation of homophobic actions or words,” he said.
“It affirmed that ‘all baptised, believing and faithful persons, regardless of sexual orientation, are full members of the Body of Christ.'”
The statement continues: “The Anglican Communion continues to seek to walk together amidst much difference and through many struggles. I urge all Christians to join me in continuing prayer for the people and churches of Nigeria as they face economic hardship, terrorist attacks, religious-based violence and insecurity.
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SOURCE: Christian Today