Same Sex 'Marriage' Splits Anglican Church
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The pro-LGBTQ stance of the English church leadership is tearing the Anglican Church apart. Nearly three-quarters of the worldwide Anglican church congregation have rejected Archbishop Justin Welby as their leader over the Church of England’s decision to allow blessings of same-sex unions.
A group of church leaders from the Global South Fellowship of Anglicans (GSFA), representing around 75 percent of the Anglican population, released a statement on Monday in which they said they are “no longer able to recognize the present Archbishop of Canterbury,” Justin Welby, as the “leader of the global communion” following the decision of the recent General Synod to back prayers of blessing for same-sex unions.
The ten archbishops of the GSFA, who were joined by two breakaway provincial leaders in the U.S. and Brazil, argued “with great sorrow” that the decision of the synod “departed from the historic faith passed down from the Apostles,” has “taken the path of false teaching,” and added that the church has contravened its own canon law in the process.
Welby, they said, has “sadly led his House of Bishops to make the recommendations (blessing homosexual unions) knowing that they run contrary to the faith and order of the orthodox provinces in the communion.”
As a result, the leaders of the GSFA continued, the Church of England “has disqualified herself from leading the Communion as the historic ‘Mother’ Church.”
“We pray that our withdrawal of support for him to lead the whole Communion is received by him as an admonishment in love,” the group stated, adding that they can no longer “walk together” with what they called “revisionist provinces.”
On February 9 the Church of England, led by Welby, approved a vote to permit the blessing of same-sex unions while maintaining its teaching that marriage is between one man and one woman.
Included among the signatories of Monday’s letter against the Anglican church is Stephen Kaziimba, the Anglican archbishop in Uganda, who delivered a scorching condemnation of the decision to bless same-sex unions a day after the vote, on February 10.