Interesting precedent. Read it all.
THE Anglican Province of Central Africa broke up yesterday following the withdrawal of Harare Diocese and expressions of intent to pull out by other dioceses that accused the province of failing to censure some bishops dabbling in homosexuality.
The Diocese of Manicaland also expressed its intention to quit the province along with one other Zimbabwean diocese.
Its bishop said he needed to report to his diocese first before going public, making it three out of Zimbabwe’s five dioceses.
According to the Standing Orders of the Province of Central Africa, once one diocese withdraws, the province becomes null and void and will have to be reconstituted under a new name and structure.
In highly charged presentations to the Provincial Synod that opened and ended here on Saturday, Bishop Elson Jakazi of Manicaland – who moved the motion for the dissolution of the province – and Vicar General of Harare Diocese Venerable Harry Mambo Rinashe – who seconded – took the outgoing Archbishop, the Right Reverend Dr Bernard Amos Malango, and the homosexual lobby within the province to task over the issue.
Both men described homosexuality as an unnatural abomination that had no place in the house of God.
Archbishop Malango, however, failed to save the situation after he botched condemning the homosexual lobby, led by the Bishop of Botswana, Trevor Musonda Mwamba, the Right Reverend Dr James Tengatenga of Southern Malawi and two Zimbabwean bishops, one of whom argued “sex was good”, to the amusement of the packed synod.
Though in the end the synod drafted a resolution reaffirming its aversion to homosexuality, the anti-gay lobby, led by Bishop Nolbert Kunonga of Harare, was not convinced, particularly as the synod had been conveniently silent over the protracted issue of the Diocese of Lake Malawi which has been without a bishop for the past three years due to the impasse created by a London-based gay cleric, Nickie Henderson, who wants to buy a bishopric in the province.