archbishop, Daniel Deng, said Tuesday that gay American
bishop Gene Robinson should resign for the sake of unity
within the Anglican Communion, the BBC reported. Deng
blamed Robinson for the boycott by 230 traditionalist
bishops of the Lambeth Conference, an Anglican event
that takes place every 10 years.
Robinson's decision to attend the conference from which he
had been barred has "violated Anglican norms" and
is responsible for dividing the communion, of which
the episcopal Church is the U.S. wing, according to
the report. He also urged the 60 bishops who took part
in Robinson's 2003 ordination to apologize for creating "an
outcry for the whole Anglican world." Deng did not
take part in this year's boycott because, he said,
Anglicans needed to be united.
Anglicans in other nations, like his home country, Sudan,
face discrimination because of the American bishop's
"We are called
'infidel' by the Islamic world," Deng said, according
to the BBC. "When they are hearing our brothers and sisters
from other parts of the Christian global, when they are
talking to the same sex to be blessed. Immediately it
gives them the way out to tell people, these people
are evil and they can even harm our people more."