Thursday, February 20, 2014

Kenya Anglican Bishops Boycott Archbishop Sentamu's Visit to Diocese of Butere

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By David W. Virtue
February 19, 2104

Anglican bishops in the Province of Kenya boycotted a visit by the Archbishop of York, the Rt. Rev. John Sentamu, when he travelled there recently to celebrate the 100-year centenary of the Diocese of Butere.

The Bishop of Butere, The Rt. Rev. Dr. Timothy Wambunya, who was ordained by Archbishop Sentamu when he was Bishop of Stepney, said: "We are delighted that Dr Sentamu will celebrate our Gospel centenary with us. His coming to Butere will be an inspiration to many of us who believe that social transformation is part of the Gospel message. We have much to learn from one whose ministry not only speaks of the Gospel but acts it as well."

Unofficially, his appearance is viewed with dismay in Kenya because of the archbishop's less than sterling stand on same-sex relationships in the Church of England. While the Archbishop of York has steadfastly opposed the legalization of same-sex marriage, he supports civil partnerships, which he says have addressed the injustices faced by same-sex couples. This is a distinction without a difference in the minds of African Anglican leaders like Archbishop Wabukala.

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