NIGERIAN Archbishop Henry C Ndukuba has effectively been told by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, to keep his vile opinions about homosexuality to himself, and stop ‘dehumanising’ members of the LGBT community.
According to Premier Christian News, Ndukuba recently called homosexuality a “deadly virus” and likened it:
To a yeast that should be urgently and radically expunged and excised lest it affects the whole dough.
He also said that:
Secular governments are adopting aggressive campaign for global homosexual culture.
Welby roundly condemned the “unacceptable” remarks.
I completely disagree with and condemn this language. It dehumanises those human beings of whom the statement speaks.
The Anglican Communion continues to seek to walk together amidst much difference and through many struggles. I urge all Christians to join me in continuing prayer for the people and churches of Nigeria as they face economic hardship, terrorist attacks, religious-based violence and insecurity.
The mission of the church is the same in every culture and country: to demonstrate, through its actions and words, that God’s offer of unconditional love to every human being through Jesus Christ calls us to holiness and hope.
Most Rev Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York tweeted his support of Welby’s response.
I welcome and support @JustinWelby’s clear condemnation of the language used by Archbishop Ndukuba in his recent statemen. I share his sorrow that LGBTI+ people across the world will feel less safe as a result.
Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London tweeted:
I support the Archbishop’s comments and share [his] condemnation of the language used.
And Rt Rev John Inge, Bishop of Worcester called Welby’s statement “excellent and powerful”.