Kenyans protest new rules requiring clergy to hold theological degrees

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Bishop Philip Anyolo addresses the media during a recent news conference in Nairobi. Religion News Service photo by Fredrick Nzwili

Bishop Philip Anyolo addresses the media during a recent news conference in Nairobi. Religion News Service photo by Fredrick Nzwili

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NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) The rules come amid concerns that some pastors were fleecing followers and some mosques were becoming centers of radicalization.

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  • Daniel Berry, NYC

    When it comes to the conflict between African church leadership and the West, this, of course, is the elephant in the living room everyone has been choosing to ignore. Many or most or the Anglican bishops in Kenya, Uganda and other places aren’t prepared to deal with modern social critique, biblical criticism, or even critique of their own histories. They have no idea what they’re talking about when they blather about “biblical truth,” the “decadence” of Euro-American culture and religious thought, and the impact their untutored perspectives has on the discussion of such issues as the place of gay people in the church, or even the greater community. The nonsense they preach suggests that, at best, they poorly understand the nature and history of the colonialism that sought deliberately to keep African people in a subjugated position with respect to white people. It’s so deep and so complex that I almost despair of even the Holy Spirit’s ability to unravel it.

  • Daniel Berry, NYC

    Time for Anglicans and Roman catholics to formulate a set of Best Practices when it comes to admitting people to Holy Orders.

  • edward

    The various denominations setting educational standards for their pastors is one thing, but government setting those standards is something that is totally unacceptable in a democracy. In either case no set of man made rules can determine who is acceptable to God as a minister of the gospel.
    Unfortunately, most who declare themselves to be ministers are in it for the money, not for Truth.

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