2242Anglican Bishops Statement, Democratic Republic of Congo
- Jan 5, 2004January 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
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
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