Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Do As I Say

Kenya's Anglican Archbishop Eliud Wabukala recently gave a public lecture on why the churches of the West were failing morally.  He then went home and was secretly -- well, privately -- married.  This marriage entailed paying a fee to the bride's family, as though she were a piece of furniture. Please read MadPriest's tart post on this.

One commenter on MP's blog observes that the practice of a bride-price forces some some African priests to set up households outside of marriage,  since they can't afford the dowry.  "Living in sin," as some of us still call it. Years later, when they have saved some money, the priests and their illegitimate children hold a wedding.  If true, this is both scandalous and ironic.

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