Sunday, January 30, 2011

ANGLICAN PRIMATES' STATEMENT ON KATO'S DEATH

From the Anglican Communion Office:
A statement on the murder of David Kato by the Primates of the Anglican Communion following their Primates’ Meeting in Dublin, Ireland, between 24th and 30th January, 2011.

We would like to express our support for the statement of The Archbishop of Canterbury in response to the horrific murder of David Kato in Mukono, Uganda.

We join him in saying that no one should have to live in fear because of the bigotry of others.

We reiterate that ‘the victimisation or diminishment of human beings whose affections happen to be ordered towards people of the same sex is anathema to us’ (Primates Meeting 2005).

We reaffirm that ‘any demonising of homosexual persons, or their ill treatment, is totally against Christian charity and basic principles of pastoral care’ (The Windsor Report).

We call on all our people to minister pastorally and sensitively to all irrespective of sexual orientation and condemn irrational fear of gay people (1998 Lambeth Conference).

As is indicated in the statement, except for the reference to Kato's death, it's all been said before. Anyway, now is the time to live the words. We shall see. Still, it's a good thing the primates put out the statement.