VANCOUVER, June 28, 2002 ( – The Anglican Archbishop of Rwanda, Emmanuel Kolini, has offered to protect Vancouver Anglicans sideswiped by their diocese’s endorsement of blessing homosexual marriages. Although media headlines said, “Rwanda cleric threatens to split B.C. Anglicans,” in fact it is the Diocese of New Westminster, with the connivance of radical pro-homosexualist Bishop Michael Ingham, that has risked schism by overturning standard Anglican teaching.  Local priests who rely on the diocese’s opt-out clause to avoid having to bless same-sex marriages fear discipline for any refusal to refer them to another parish willing to do the deed. In a letter yesterday to conservative priests, the Rwandan Archbishop writes: “Please know that we will not recognize any… efforts [to revoke your licenses].”  In retaliation, liberal Anglicans attacked Kolini’s credentials. Two years ago, the Rwandan Archbishop consecrated a group of American priests as bishops to serve conservative U.S. Episcopalian parishes. Archbishop Michael Peers, head of the Anglican Church in Canada, lashed out: “Bishops are not intercontinental ballistic missiles, manufactured on one continent and fired into another as an act of aggression.”  But Peers found no such strong words for Bishop Ingham’s gay-blessings. The implication is that the only type of nuclear weapons allowed in the Anglican Church of Canada are pro-homosexual bombshells that utterly conflict with Christian doctrine.  For National Post coverage see:{2066E01D-86AE-4131-9A45-C409A3AC6667}  For previous LifeSite coverage of the feared Anglican schism see:  ANGLICANS TO BLESS SAME-SEX UNIONS, June 17, 2002:


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