Archbishop Justin condemns same-sex marriage
The primate and archbishop of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan Dr. Justin Badi Arama has strongly condemned the practice of same-sex marriage.
Archbishop Justin said same-sex marriage is unbiblical and goes against the biblical teachings.
This comes at a time when the church is struggling to handle the issues of same-sex marriage; some churches in the west have started giving blessings to a same-sex relationship.
Archbishop Justin who is leading 113 delegates of the ECSS to the Lambeth conference in the United Kingdom, said they are ready to challenge the western church over same-sex marriage.
The conference is due to take place from 27 July to 7 August 2022.
“We request the prayer support of our faithful members as we go and challenge the western church to uphold biblical integrity, especially on the issues of same-sex marriage,” Dr. Justin said in a statement released yesterday.
“Our position as the Episcopal Church of South Sudan is that same-sex marriage is unbiblical, unchristian, sinful and unholy. It brings God’s curse and anger on humanity,” he added.
Last year, the Vatican office responsible for doctrine said the Catholic Church did not have the power to bless same-sex unions.
It is “impossible” for God to “bless sin”, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) said.
But the CDF did note the “positive elements” in same-sex relationships.
Pope Francis indicated in a documentary that he thought same-sex couples should be allowed to have “civil unions”.
The pontiff said in a documentary that “homosexual people have a right to be in a family… they are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or made miserable over it”.
However, the Vatican later attempted to clarify the comments saying they were taken out of context and did not indicate support for same-sex marriage.
Already some churches from other dominations in Germany and the US, have started giving blessings to people in same-sex relationships as a way to welcome gay Catholics to their church, Reuters news agency reported.