- Former Archbishop Emeritus Njongonkulu Ndungane urged the Anglican Church to accept the LGBTQIA community
- His remarks came as he addressed people at the funeral of a former Dean of the St George’s Cathedral on Saturday
- The dean, Reverend Canon Rowan Smith, identified as homosexual and he campaigned for the LGBTQIA community’s rights until his death
Homosexuality is a subject still widely discussed in various religions, and now, former Archbishop Emeritus Njongonkulu Ndungane asked the Anglican Church to accept people in same-gender relationships.
Ndungane’s request came as he spoke at the funeral of Reverend Canon Rowan Smith at the St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town‚ on Saturday.
Smith, who was openly gay, fought for the rights of the LGBTQIA community until the day he passed away.
So, in honour of his memory, Ndungane urged the church to open their arms to the community, adding it has thus far largely rejected people of different sexuality.
“We bless everything in Church. We bless buildings. Why not same-s*x marriage? If one of our priests goes to a meal in the home of a same s*x couple who attend his or her Church‚ does it not mean that he or she is addressing their relationship by doing that? Of course it does! We would not refuse to administer the sacrament of baptism to the child of a gay couple. But we won’t bless their union.”, he was heard saying.
He then said Smith would have been overjoyed to see a “new rainbow church”, that fully welcomes people from the LGBTQIA community without judgement.
Ndungane added it was an issue close to Smith’s heart, which he felt strongly about. He added it was because of its importance to his deceased friend that he turned his focus on the issue of accepting all people in the church.
The former Archbishop then said pushing away people of the LGBTQIA community was the “greatest failing” of their church.
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