Given that the reporter might have taken some liberties with sentence construction, the statement nonetheless stands as yet another affirmation that Rwanda intends not to be at Lambeth. (Thanks to Mad Priest for the connection to this.)
The construction "the original creeds of the Bible," is telling. Does the Archbishop of Rwanda seriously believe that there are "original creeds of the Bible"?
The reporter writes, "Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini has called on churches in the East African region to fight against homosexuality for the good of the society."
The leader of the Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda insisted that Anglican churches in East Africa will not mingle with the homosexuals in the affairs of the church for the good of the community."
The article continues, "The Anglican Church of Rwanda has been at the forefront in evangelisation and peace building in the world.
The church is known to have given sanctuary to 130 American churches that departed from the Episcopal Church of America after the consecration of gay bishops and pastors.
The 130 American churches operate under the auspices of the Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda under the banner of “Anglican Mission in the Americas (AMIA).”
The Archbishop, speaking at a Peace Crusade, is given credit for being "at the forefront in evangelisation and peace building." I presume the examples of AMiA activities are meant to support the proposition that Archbishop Kolini is a peacemaker. Since when is peacemaking accomplished by invasion and usurpation without any contact or engagement with Christians in place?
Archbishop Kolini seems to be making peace by making war. An odd bit of doublespeak.
Then of course he may not have said any of this. Perhaps the reporter got it wrong. If so, where is the Archbishop's demand that there be a retraction?
As it is he sounds either theologically ungrounded or prideful. He is (at least in my memory) neither. But his statement about the original creeds of the Bible is sloppy and his touting of the Church of Rwanda as in the forefront of evangelisation and peace building is a little much.
The trouble with about this and other news items from various papers in Africa is that they stand as the record unless the church is willing to recast, restate or repudiate the report. Worse, as part of the national and cultural efforts to align Government and Church together, thus making the Government look good and the Church look cooperative, around the bugaboo of homosexuality, these news articles serve the interests of the state and church both to further themselves at the expense of those terrible homosexuals.The result, as Mad Priest suggests, is the time when it can be said, "What Homosexuals? They killed them all." Then the Church of Rwanda and the Government can say, "See, we did good."
This is brewing hatred in ways that are counter to everything we believe as Anglicans, or ought for that matter to believe as Christians, or both.