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Occupy Central leader and senior pastor slam Anglican archbishop's 'inappropriate' sermon

Reverend Chu Yiu-ming 'saddened' by archbishop's suggestion that Hongkongers keep quiet amid political debate; senior pastor Kwok questions Communist Party conflict

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 July, 2014, 12:24pm
UPDATED : Friday, 11 July, 2014, 5:03pm

The Reverend Chu Yiu-ming, one of the organisers of the pro-democracy Occupy Central movement, said he was “saddened” by comments made by Hong Kong’s Anglican Church archbishop about the movement in a sermon that another senior pastor has deemed “inappropriate”.

The Most Reverend Paul Kwong told churchgoers on Sunday that, amid the ongoing debate about the possibility of democracy in the city, people should keep quiet just as “Jesus remained silent” in the face of crucifixion.

Kwong also poked fun at protesters, many of them students, arrested during a sit-in on Chater Road that followed the July 1 pro-democracy march.

Protesters had complained that police denied them water, left them sitting in buses in stifling heat and prevented them from using the toilet.

In his sermon, which was later posted online on the Anglican Church’s own website, Kwong asked why the protesters did not “bring along their Filipino maids”.

The Reverend Kwok Nai-wang, a senior pastor at the Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ in China, questioned whether Kwong’s membership of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference conflicted with his church duties, as the values of the central government and the church are different.

The Reverend Peter Koon, provincial secretary general of the Anglican Church, on Wednesday sought to defend Kwong, saying the comments had been “taken out of context” and were meant to be “humorous and witty”.

Kwok said he did not find the sermon humorous or witty, but rather inappropriate.

“The students are fighting for a better future in Hong Kong, risking their future. He shouldn’t poke fun at them,” said Kwok, who teaches pastors how to deliver their sermons.

Chu of Occupy told RTHK on Friday that the church should show sympathy to the arrested students, and be fair to them, adding that sermons should focus on the gospels of the Bible rather than individuals.

“If he had made those comments in a tea gathering or another causal type of occasion, then it could be acceptable,” Chu said.

“But I feel saddened about the existence of such a sermon.”

Chu added that he never criticised or showed support to any social movement in his own sermons.

 

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caractacus
Who does he think he is?
By his standards Hong Kongers will remain silent while their civil liberties are crucified.
"Kwong asked why the protesters did not “bring along their Filipino maids”.
So he's a racist as well.
Paradox314
The Archbishop is entitled to express his view.
Considering the deeply objectionable nature of his so called 'private' sermon, he also welcome to resign his position in the Anglican church and find a home in some denomination that is more welcoming. I for one, don't want him in my church!
sng7444
in my view, he is not teaching the bible but politics. What got into him is desire and ego which the teaching of bible forbids.
Carparklee
The students arrested were really people in needs, I doubt.
mh0908
We must ask ourselves whether we treasure our freedom or not. If the answer is yes, then we must uphold Hong Kong Basic Law Article 32.
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Hong Kong residents shall have freedom of conscience.
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Hong Kong residents shall have freedom of religious belief and freedom to preach and to conduct and participate in religious activities in public.
sng7444
Poor guy, you just do not even know how free you are until you are in a cage.
cleareye
Define freedom. Are we 100% free like the cave men who can kill fellow homo-sapiens at his desire without the restriction of law and order? Are we partially free where we are confined to a set of rules, or laws, upon that society agreed for the sake of coexistence that would become the fabric of a nation? Current OC are aiming towards free as they will, without regards for any consequences. Please ask Reverend Chu and the OC originators to present a cost-benefit analysis, if they can.
ejmciii
Or as some of us want, for us to be free to follow the direction of the communist party like they are our moms and dads who will tell us to live our life, rather than living our lives according to the rules and guidelines that we as a people in HK believe is right. Funny how that works.
mh0908
Haha! I meant to say The Most Reverend Paul Kwong's freedom to preach is guaranteed by Article 32 of the Basic Law of Hong Kong.
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Pragmatically, if the Pope, a head of state, is elected by the College of Cardinals, I have no problem with Hong Kong having a nominating committee to select however many candidates so that each registered Hong Kong voter can cast their own vote to select the CE in 2017. I would only argue that the nominating committee should have a broad representation.
sammckhk
The Archbishop has been corrupted by the trappings of power and his CPPCC membership. He is saying what he feels obliged to say in order to remain in the small circle of government stooges.

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