Tanzania bishop tells Lutheran World Federation gay relations unacceptable

Says relationships "against principles of nature"
The host bishop at a global Lutheran conference in Tanzania raised the thorny issue of homosexuality in his sermon opening the meeting of the main governing body of the 68-million-strong Lutheran World Federation—a group that has so far avoided the open fights over the issue seen in the Anglican Communion.

Lutheran bishop Thomas O. Laiser, speaking in Arusha at the June 25 gathering of the LWF Council, said same-sex relationships are unacceptable and go against biblical teachings.

“What is the witnessing and the stand of the LWF at the moment as [far as] the whole question of homosexuality and lesbianism is concerned?” asked Laiser. “It is an undeniable fact that this question is not even discussable, and therefore it is not acceptable.”


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