ABUJA, Nigeria, Dec. 20 ‚Äî The way he tells the story, the first and only time Archbishop Peter J. Akinola knowingly shook a gay person‚Äôs hand, he sprang backward the moment he realized what he had done.
Archbishop Peter J. Akinola, right, internationally known for his harsh stance against homosexuality, with bishops in Abuja, Nigeria, in 2005.
Archbishop Akinola, the conservative leader of Nigeria‚Äôs Anglican Church who has emerged at the center of a schism over homosexuality in the global Anglican Communion, re-enacted the scene from behind his desk Tuesday, shaking his head in wonder and horror.
There’s an article in this morning’s New York Times about the beginning of the schism in the Anglican Communion. It’s definately worth the read.