Thursday, 15 January 2009

Pro-gay vicar of Putney made an African canon

It's unusual for an English cleric to be made a canon of a cathedral in the diocese of Sefwi-Wiawso in Ghana.

But even more unlikely when the vicar happens to be a militant pro-gay campaigner, whose views are anathema to the majority of African churches.

This is the vicar that invited the openly gay bishop Gene Robinson to preach in his church on the eve of the Lambeth conference.

Archbishop Akinola has described gays as lower than dogs.

The archbishop, and all clergy in his province, boycotted the Lambeth Conference in protest at the presence of American bishops involved in the consecration of Bishop Robinson.

Therefore it's safe to assume that he won't be running down the streets of Abuja overjoyed at the thought of the arch-liberal Fraser being honoured by a neighbouring country's Church.

His feelings towards whoever his Nigerian priests were at the ceremony in Ghana will be no warmer.

However, Bishop Abraham Kobina Ackah of Sefwi-Wiawso is to be congratulated.

He's taken a brave stand in making the vicar of Putney a canon of his cathedral and in doing so is refusing to allow the issue of homosexuality to continue to be a source of division. Read more

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