- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 22, 2003

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The Anglican Church of Uganda said yesterday that it has severed ties with the Episcopal Church of the United States for elevating an openly homosexual man to the rank of bishop.

Uganda’s Anglicans initially cut ties only with the New Hampshire Diocese following the Nov. 2 consecration of V. Gene Robinson as the state’s Episcopal bishop, the first openly homosexual man to hold that position in any major Christian denomination.

But 30 Uganda Anglican bishops agreed at a meeting Thursday to sever ties with the entire U.S. Episcopal Church because “any same-sex relationship is a disorder of God’s creation,” said Jackson Turyagyenda, a spokesman for the church in East Africa.

The decision will result in a loss of scholarships and financial aid from the Episcopal Church, the U.S. branch of Anglicanism, although an exact amount was not available.

“Dioceses of the Church of Uganda are not going to continue asking for scholarships or financial support from the Episcopal Church,” Mr. Turyagyenda said.

Bishop Robinson’s consecration provoked condemnation throughout Africa as well as elsewhere in the world and among conservative Episcopalians in the United States.

On Nov. 3, overseas bishops representing 50 million of the world’s 77 million Anglicans announced they were in a “state of impaired communion” with the Episcopal Church — a step short of declaring a full schism. Episcopalians form the U.S. branch of Anglicanism.

The Anglican Church of Uganda is the second largest Anglican community in Africa, representing a third of the country’s 24 million people. Only Nigeria’s Anglican Church, with 17.5 million members, is larger.

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