SA Lutheran prelate supports ordination of polygamist, gay priests

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Louis Sibiya, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in South Africa, says there is no simple "yes" or "no" answer to whether a self-confessed gay person can be married and/or ordained in the Church, or whether a polygamist can be ordained into the ministry.
Speaking at a Sunday service to mark the 30th anniversary of the Church in Southern Africa, the prelate said: "Rather, we should ask how the acceptance or non-acceptance of these promote the course of the Gospel.
" In a speech that is likely to fuel the debate within Christendom on the ordination of gay priests, he added: "If we think that to elect as Bishop he who has 14 wives will advance better the course of the Gospel, let it be so.
If a gay Presiding Bishop would - in our opinion - advance even better the course of the Gospel, let it be so.
" The ordination of a gay Bishop in the US, has divided the Anglican Church, with its branches in most African countries vehemently opposed to the practice.

31 october 2005 08:18:00

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