No same-sex blessings for South African Diocese

Posted by Kendall Harmon

THE ANGLICAN Church in South Africa will not permit blessings of same-sex unions or gay marriage, the Bishop of Mthatha told his diocesan synod on Aug 25, as it is contrary to Scripture and God’s plan for humanity.

The Rt Rev Sitembele Mzamane told the 48th meeting of the diocesan synod that he forbade clergy in the Diocese of Mthatha (formerly the Diocese of St John the Evangelist) from solemnising gay marriages under South Africa’s new civil marriage code.

“We still embrace the Biblical truth that homosexual behaviour is a sin, not an orientation as others would like us to believe,” he said.

“Same-sex union is something that has been accepted by the government. But that does not mean that everything the government accepts or condones as right, the church will simply say ‘Yes’ and toe the line as well. No, it’s not like that, we base everything on the Bible,” Bishop Mzamane said according to accounts printed in an Eastern Cape newspaper, the Daily Dispatch.

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Posted August 31, 2007 at 6:17 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. dwstroudmd+ wrote:

Speaking truth to power!

August 31, 10:56 am | [comment link]
2. robroy wrote:

I was going to offer my sympathies to this orthodox diocese in a liberal province, but then I thought…

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

August 31, 11:59 am | [comment link]
3. Harvey wrote:

Blessed is this South African Diocese for they have said NO!

September 1, 7:32 pm | [comment link]
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