Church of Ireland group urges confronting Ugandan homophobia

The Irish Times:

The Church of Ireland Changing Attitude group has called on the Taoiseach [Prime Minister] and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Brian Cowen, and international Anglican primates meeting in Dublin “to confront the problem of homophobia in Uganda”.

It follows the murder there last Wednesday of gay rights campaigner David Kato.

Senior bishops from Anglican churches worldwide are in Dublin and “needed to assume their responsibilities in tackling homophobia and the churches collusion in it”. The Anglican primate of the Church of the Province of Uganda, Most Rev Henry Luke Orombi, is among seven primates of the Anglican Communion who have boycotted the Primates Meeting now under way [in] Dublin … because US Episcopal Church primate Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori is there. Gay clergy and same-sex blessings have been approved by the Episcopal Church.

Canon Charles Kenny, secretary of Changing Attitude Ireland, said the Irish Government was a major development aid donor to Uganda. He recalled that last June the Department of Foreign Affairs was briefed in Dublin “by the retired Anglican Ugandan Bishop Christopher Senyonjo on the problem of the Christian-backed anti-gay crusade in Uganda”.

Read it all. One hopes The Emmaus Centre where the primates are meeting provides guests a copy of the Irish Times with breakfast.

Addendum. The Archbishop of Canterbury issues a statement. Good enough?

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