In the comments to yesterday’s important homily Dearly Beloved Sinner Lapinizarre noted that Gbenga Onayiga’s subtly balanced review of Archbishop Akinola has also appeared in a second Nigerian newspaper, The Nation.
Clearly big Pete’s publicity machine is now running at full throttle, although how much traction he’s got won’t be certain until we see an article in The Sun (how can anybody not love a newspaper that runs an article headlined “Mystery World of Hunchbacks”?) What’s more The Nation’s version is heavily edited – something you’d better believe the Abuja Diocesan Communicator is hoping his boss doesn’t notice.
This is especially a problem because The Nation has omitted a paragraph lauding one of big Pete’s greatest strengths: his relationship with other faiths. As the hagiography’s unabridged version trumpets “The members of the Anglican Church are committed to establishing mutual co-operation with members of other faiths and religions”. Which is epitomized by his response to the Yelwa massacre - if grinning and saying “No comment” (see here for a précis on that example of “mutual co-operation”) doesn’t help “achieve the goals of winning more people to Christ and evolving a society that is just, caring, equitable, and one in which all can live in peace and true love” what will?
I’m Father Christian and I teach the Bible.