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Did the Archbishop of Canterbury tell Robert Mugabe gay sex is 'morally wrong'?

'You know [homosexuality] is morally wrong but legally we cannot condemn those who practice it'

Did the Archbishop of Canterbury tell Robert Mugabe gay sex is 'morally wrong'?
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Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the head of the Church of England, has reportedly told President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe that homosexuality is ‘morally wrong’.

Mugabe, who identifies as a Catholic and has threatened to behead gay people while comparing them to dogs and rats, met with Welby on Sunday (24 April).

‘As the leaders of the church we are here to learn how Zimbabwe managed to resolve its conflict, this will be a lesson to the whole Anglican in the world,’ he reportedly told the Harare Sunday Mail.

When asked about the Anglican position on homosexuality, Welby reportedly said: ‘You know [homosexuality] is morally wrong but legally we cannot condemn those who practice it.’

Welby’s tone on homosexuality appears to differ wildly to when he’s speaking in Zimbabwe to when he’s speaking in the UK.

Earlier this year, the Archbishop of Canterbury said for him it was a ‘constant source of deep sadness that people are persecuted for their sexuality’.

‘The love that we have at times completely fail to show, and still do, in many parts of the world including this country (UK),’ he said.

When asked about what the Archbishop and Mugabe discussed, Welby said: ‘We talked about the past in Zimbabwe, the mistakes that have been made, the breakdowns of the relationships from time to time and we ended with prayer for the future of this country.

‘The relations between the Church and the State greatly improved and President Mugabe also talked about that.’

In a statement, Lambeth Palace confirmed the meeting. The spokesperson said: ‘The Archbishop of Canterbury paid a pastoral visit to President Mugabe of Zimbabwe yesterday late afternoon.

‘This last minute visit, made at the request of the Bishop of Harare, was in support of the church in Zimbabwe.

‘It lasted less than an hour.’


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