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2242Anglican Bishops Statement, Democratic Republic of Congo

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  • umcornet
    Jan 5, 2004
      January 5, 2004, ACNS

      Statement of the Bishops of the Anglican Province of the Democratic
      Republic of Congo on homosexuality and blessings of same-sex unions
      within the Anglican Communion

      We, the Bishops of the Anglican Province of the Democratic Republic
      of the Congo, (DRCongo) gathered in Kinshasa, its capital city, on
      behalf of the clergy and laity from the DRCongo, take this
      opportunity to officially express our unhappiness regarding the
      issues which have recently arisen pertaining to the issues of
      homosexuality and the blessing of same-sex relationships which we
      believe are contrary to Holy Scripture, and to moral law in the Third
      World. We therefore strongly condemn:

      *the consecration of Canon GENE ROBINSON, a divorcee and an actively
      gay bishop of the US New Hampshire Diocese of the Episcopal Church on
      2nd November 2003;

      *the access to priesthood of actively gay and lesbian people;

      *the use of the newly devised Prayer Book published by the Diocese of
      New Westminster/Canada for the purpose of officiating the blessing of
      same-sex marriages.

      We believe that the above-mentioned acts clearly and deliberately

      a)the Word of God

      b)the resolution 1:10,98 of the Lambeth Conference of 1998
      prohibiting homosexuality, an act contrary to Christian calling in
      Holy Scripture. In its position of moral keeper, the Church must do
      all in its power to prevent immorality and itself avoid being
      corrupted and in turn corrupting the whole world.

      c)the work of the Commission established to study in depth the issue
      of homosexuality. The findings of this Commission initiated by the
      Archbishop of Canterbury to try and establish proper solutions to
      homosexuality in the Church is due in October 2004. The bishops from
      the Third World opposed the consecration of Canon GENE ROBINSON as
      bishop in their meetings at Lambeth Palace, London in October 2003.

      We knowingly declare that:

      1 The Anglican Province of Congo strongly condemns homosexuality and
      wishes to disassociate itself from relations with Dioceses and
      Parishes involved in homosexuality. Therefore, it disapproves the
      confirmation and consecration of Canon GENE ROBINSON, a man living
      openly in a homosexual relationship, as bishop in God's ministry.

      2 The Anglican Province of Congo is in fellowship with all Parishes,
      Dioceses and Provinces of ECUSA and of the Anglican Church of Canada
      in opposition to homosexuality. It is happy to support both morally,
      pastorally and spiritually all Christians from every part of the
      world within the network of theologically orthodox churches and
      Dioceses in opposition to homosexuality.

      3 The Anglican Province of Congo condemns every immoral act which
      promotes active homosexuality as a cultural norm. The Gospel purifies
      all culture and must be in agreement with Holy Scripture.

      4 The Anglican Province of Congo rejects the newly published New
      Westminster Diocesan Book of Prayer promoting the blessing of same-
      sex union. It calls upon each and every women and man of God to think
      about God's Word relating to marriage in Genesis 1:27,28 and
      encourages abstinence as the appropriate way for those who are not
      called to marriage. The Anglican Province of Congo therefore invites
      any person knowingly involved in homosexuality to repent from his/her
      sin and return to the fullness of relationship with Christ.
      (Lev.18:23; Mat.19:4-6; Romans 1:23-27).

      5 The Anglican Province of Congo seriously warns any of its Dioceses
      or Parishes that have fellowship with any such groups that are
      involved in active homosexuality for the purpose of material interest
      and support.

      6 The Anglican Province of Congo calls upon all goodwill Christians
      to refrain from criticizing, judging or remaining silent on issues
      pertaining to active homosexuality ravaging the western world and to
      seriously pray for their return to God in true repentance.

      7 The Anglican Province of Congo invites all within the network of
      the theologically orthodox Anglican Communion to remain firm of faith
      and be involved in a fellowship based on spiritual, moral, material
      and/or financial support to each other.

      8 The Anglican Communion is a precious gift from Christ Himself that
      needs to be jealously protected and promoted by each and every
      faithful Anglican Church.

      Kinshasa, 20th December 2003

      For the House of Bishops
      The Most Revd Dr DIROKPA BALUFUGA Fidele
      Archbishop of the Anglican Province of Congo