Bishop Martyn Minns defends Archbishop Akinola at an opportune time.
The Truro Church website carried this item:
A Statement of Clarification
In a recent Washington Post article, Archbishop Peter J. Akinola was characterized as “an advocate of jailing gays.” That is not true.
Archbishop Akinola believes that all people “whatever their manner of life or sexual orientation” are made in the image of God and deserve to be treated with respect. “We are all broken and need the transforming love of God,” Archbishop Akinola said to me during a recent conversation.
Archbishop Akinola also said, “Jesus Christ is our example for this. He refused to condemn the woman caught in adultery instead he said. ‘Go now and sin no more.’ That is an essential part of the message of the Gospel and the teaching of our congregations.”
Your brother in Christ,Martyn
Bishop Martyn Minns may report as he wishes, and the Archbishop may say what he wants, but the Archbishop continues to support the proposed law in Nigeria. Changing Attitude has this to say about the current state of the proposed law and the Archbishop’s concerns:
“At home in Nigeria Archbishop Peter Akinola is confronted by further worries. He has started a new lobby in the National Assembly about the bill to ban same-sex marriage, his anxiety raised by the approval of same-sex marriage in South Africa.
The bill is presently on the table of the House of Representatives Committee on Human Rights. The new development in South Africa has made the Archbishop so worried that he is talking with top government officials who are Anglicans. He is asking them to do this one favour for God and the Church. Archbishop Akinola feels humiliated that the bill has still not passed even when the presidency has appeal to the law makers to favour the bill which originated with the president.”
It would appear that far from not wanting to jail gay folk and their advocates, the Archbishop is hard at the task of getting precisely such a bill passed.
Bishop Minns cannot be unaware of the charges raised by Changing Attitude. He must therefore be hoping that his assurance to his parish will keep them on the track of separating from the Episcopal Church and becoming part of the Province of Nigeria by way of CANA.
This assurance to Truro is highly suspect.