Mugalu to Welby on Anti-gay: “We do pray for you and other leaders in the Church of England to repent”

(Last Updated On: 10 June 2023)

In summary

  • The head of the Anglican Church in Uganda Archbishop Dr Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu has responded categorically to his brother at Canterbury following his letter on Anti-Homosexuality Law.
  • Archbishop Welby wrote to Dr Mugalu asking his to withdraw Church’s support on the recently signed Anti-gay Law.
  • Archbishop remains unmoved by his support of the Law.

By Archbisop Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu

Kampala, June 10, 2023: Archbishop Justin Welby, Primate of All England, has every right to form his opinions about matters around the world that he knows little about firsthand, which he has done in his recent statement about @ChurchofUganda_‘s widely held support for the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023.

Our support has been made very clear by our earlier statement, so it does not require repeating. He and many other Western leaders seem to think that the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023 criminalizes homosexuality. It does not.

Homosexuality was already criminalized; it simply reaffirms what was already in the colonial-era penal code, including a maximum sentence of the death penalty for aggravated homosexuality (which the Church of Uganda opposed).

Even if the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023 was not signed into law, homosexuality would remain criminalized in Uganda, as it is in more than one-third of the world’s countries. Even if it is overturned by the Supreme Court, homosexuality will remain criminalized in Uganda.

What is new is specifically outlawing the promotion of homosexuality and same-sex relationships as a moral alternative to God’s natural design for marriage between one man and one woman.

We wonder if Abp Welby has written to encourage the Anglican Bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf to publicly advocate for decriminalizing homosexuality in the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East? Why are African countries like Ghana and Uganda singled out for such virtue signaling?

Read: Canterbury writes to Archbishop Mugalu to withdraw support for Anti-gay Law


Sadly, as we stated – together with leaders of 85% of the Anglican Communion – in the Kigali Commitment of Gafcon IV in April 2023, we “can no longer recognise the Archbishop of Canterbury as an Instrument of Communion, the ‘first among equals’ of the Primates.

The Church of England has chosen to impair her relationship with the orthodox provinces in the Communion. We do pray for him and other leaders in the Church of England to repent.

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