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Press Release Date: 29 January 2011- ANGLICAN PRIEST SAYS HOMOPHOBIA KILLS

posted 29 Jan 2011, 03:59 by CAI Changing Attitude Ireland

Press Release Date: 29 January 2011


The Anglican priest,  Canon Giles Goddard -  chair of Inclusive Church England -  said in a sermon today (Sunday 30 January) in Trinity College Dublin:

You may have heard that a Ugandan gay activiist,  David Kato,  was bludgeoned to death in his home in Uganda.   His funeral was on Friday.  At his funeral,  the officiant – who was an Anglican lay reader -  ranted against homosexuality.  And at the end of the service the  villagers refused to bury his coffin.  I think it’s important to be clear about this;   homophobia kills and any church that preaches intolerance is contributing to the very real and deadly consequences of homophobia.”

He went on to say that “two things need to happen to ensure the continued health of the Anglican Communion.  First,  that we need to be clear about the implications of the refusal by some conservative provinces to engage with Communion processes;  this Primates Meeting and the Anglican Covenant.     The implication is that the processes set in place in an attempt to placate them – the moratoria– are to all intents and purposes defunct,  and should be quietly forgotten.   Which is not surprising,  because they were legalistic responses to a legalistic approach to the Gospel.  

Secondly, having done that we need to find a way out of the absurd stalemate we are in over human sexuality.  We need as a Communion to find a way to recognise that there are a great many Anglican and Episcopalian Christians whose faith and life,  and the faith and life of those around them,  is deeply enriched by their same-sex relationships.   That these relationships are undoubtedly blessed and hallowed in the sight of God.  A way which recognises differences of opinion;  which does not force those who disagree to abandon their beliefs;  but which recognises and celebrates the ways in which the love of Jesus is expressed in the world.   Here we are in Ireland,  close to a living example of what’s possible in extremely complicated issues with flexibility and care.  I do not believe that something similar isn’t possible within the Anglican Communion.  It’s time to find that way.”

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Canon Giles Goddard