Originally created 04/24/04

African Archbishop says Anglicans will refuse money



NEW YORK - Africans in the Anglican Communion have given "mixed signals" on whether they will refuse money from dioceses in America's Episcopal Church that favor gay clergy, the Episcopal News Service said.

After a meeting in Nairobi last week, Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria, the chairman of the Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa, told reporters the continent's archbishops agreed to refuse the U.S. money. But the council's later communique did not mention this.

Episcopal headquarters said 19 U.S. dioceses with ties to Africa are led by bishops who voted to approve openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson last year. The council's communique affirmed Archbishop Akinola's statement that the Africans want world Anglicanism to discipline the Episcopal Church if it doesn't repent of its gay policies in three months.