Rwanda: Archbishop Kolini Speaks Out on Lambeth Conference
The Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Rwanda, Emmanuel Kolini, has spoken out on their refusal to attend the Lambeth Conference, saying that they cannot sit to deliberate on wicked issues.
The Archbishop claimed that it was not a boycott since they had declined the invitation. He said that their stand was based on strong Biblical views yet Canterbury had ignored the Bible's teaching on homosexuality. Talking to The New Times on phone last week, Kolini said, "It was not a boycott .we had declined their invitation."
The 2008 Lambeth Conference opened on July 16 at Canterbury, London, and ends on August 3. It was meant to attract about 650 senior members of the Anglican clergy from around the world.
The conference is pivotal in helping unify the 77 million protestant grouping in the world. But this year's event comes at a time of rifts over key issues affecting the Anglican Communion.
Asked whether by refusing to attend the meeting, the members were not deepening the rift in the church, Kolini said this year's conference could not be the platform for unifying them because they had always spoken against gay marriages but the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has always ignored their advice.
Asked whether there were still chances of a unified Anglican Communion, Kolini said, "My hope is in God."
On whether their hard stance was not a sign of discrimination among the flock, the Archbishop said the church welcomes whoever repents sins.
"I hope they will repent one day," he said, likening it to a patient seeking the doctor's help.
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I suppose it will not be long and the good Archbishop will also be insisting that the Biblical punishments be enforced as well. After all, that is also part of the Bible's teaching.