Southwark priests resign canonries over Ghanaian Bishops’ support for anti-LGBT Bill

Jan 14, 2022 by

by Madeleine Davies, Church Times:

THREE priests in the diocese of Southwark, including the next Archdeacon of Southwark, have resigned as honorary canons of a Ghanaian cathedral, in response to the Ghanaian Bishops’ apparent support for criminalisation of LGBTQ+ people.

In a parish email newsletter sent on 11 December, the Vicar of St John the Divine with St James the Apostle, Kennington, the Revd Mark Williams, wrote: “It is with great sadness that I inform you that I have resigned as a Canon of Asante Mampong Cathedral in Ghana. A draft bill has been presented in the parliament in Ghana criminalising LGBTQ+ people and those who support them . . .

“Unfortunately the churches have felt under pressure to support this Bill and they have done so. Following several weeks of discussion with the Archbishop of Ghana, the support of the church for the Bill has not changed in the public domain, and this left me and two other Ghanaian canons in the Diocese of Southwark with no other choice but to resign. This fills me with enormous sadness given my association with the Church in Ghana over some 17 years. Please pray for Ghana, and for all those affected by this proposed changed in the law.”

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