archbishop of canterbury dr rowan williams.jpgThe rift within the Anglican Church continues to widen with parishioners from the Gandiya led faction questioning their leadership’s decision to welcome the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams to this country, whose support for homosexuality is well known.

Dr Williams, who is the leader of the world’s Anglicans, is expected this week in Harare on what he has called a pastoral visit but which many believe will be an attempt to end the rift in Zimbabwe’s Anglican Church.

Controversy already has been stirred within the Gandiya led faction with some members questioning their bishops’ sincerity regarding homosexuality since the Archbishop of Canterbury’s views on the practise are well articulated.

The Chairman of the Evangelism Committee of the Diocese of Harare CPCA, Mr Matonhodze Murombedzi says welcoming Archbishop Williams is tantamount to endorsing his stance on homosexuality, which goes against the word of God.

The Bishop of the diocese of Harare of the Church of the Province of Central Africa Bishop, Chad Gandiya, who struggled to defend himself, said they belong to the province and as such, Dr Williams is welcome.

Leaders of the global Anglican Communion have condemned gay relationships as a violation of scripture.

However, the Anglican Communion is loosely organised without one authoritative leader such as the set up in the Roman Catholic where there is a Pope.

This has led to some individual provinces deciding on their own that they should move towards accepting same-gender unions.

However, Zimbabwe is very clear on homosexuality and the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe has made it clear that those who practice homosexuality are worse off than pigs.