THE Archbishop of Kenya, Dr Eliud Wabukala, has rebuked the
Archbishops of Canterbury and York for supporting same-sex civil
partnerships. This contradicted "historic biblical teaching", he
In a message to members of the Fellowship of Confessing
Anglicans (FCA) earlier this month, Dr Wabukala, chairman of the
GAFCON Primates' Council, wrote that the C of E "seems to be
advancing along the same path" as the Episcopal Church of the
United States and the Anglican Church of Canada, which "continue to
promote a false gospel and yet . . . are still received as in good
standing by the Archbishop of Canterbury".
Dr Wabukala noted that, during debates in the House of Lords on
the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, Archbishop Welby and Dr
Sentamu had defended marriage, but "appeared at the same time to
approve of same-sex civil partnerships . . . in contradiction to
the historic biblical teaching on human sexuality reaffirmed by the
1998 Lambeth Conference. In these circumstances, attempts to
achieve unity based merely on common humanitarianism and dialogue,
without repentance, sacrifice the transforming power of the
Speaking in the House of Lords last month, during the Second
Reading of the Bill, Archbishop Welby said that the introduction of
same-sex marriage would see marriage "abolished, redefined, and
recreated"; but he also said he would have supported the
introduction of a new institution "for same-gender relationships" (
News, 7 June).
Dr Sentamu, speaking in the Lords during the Bill's Committee
stage, said that the introduction of civil partnerships had
"remedied certain concrete difficulties and disadvantages" (
News, 21 June).
In an interview with the Church Times earlier this
year, Archbishop Welby said of the FCA and GAFCON: "We've got to
find good ways of listening to what they have to say, and them
listening to what others have to say. I mean, you don't have to
agree to be in the same Church - we very seldom do agree in the
same Church - but you have to find ways in which we continue to
love each other" (
Features 22 March).
Archbishop Welby held a private meeting with the Most Revd
Robert Duncan, Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America,
on 31 May at Lambeth Palace.