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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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Dao-Phooy
The Archbishop is entitled to express his view. Might not like the content of his sermon to his parishioners but this attack on him is completely over the top.
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.
cleareye
Archbishop Kwong is a down to earth preacher and often calls a horse a horse. His private sermon in his own church is not a public statement by any means. All those religious leaders who pass their judgments on the archbishop are self righteous and hypocritical. If a sermon is not designed to reflect current events, then what good is the teaching? Protestors have their own agenda. Reverend Chu's comment on protestors sympathy is bias. Would he sympathize protestors who advocate legalizing marijuana? Or homosexuality that the church is vehemently against but the general public is willing to be tolerant? That is why in the most democratic society in the world separate the State from the Church. Is Reverend Chu exploiting his ordainment, I dare ask?
gunzy
Paradox, for your Hitler comment I invoke Godwin's Law and demand that you buy everyone here a pint of German beer.
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****en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin%27s_law
strangefellow
Thank you Pastor Kwok!
gardnerguitar@icloud.com
Churchmen were the very original cesspit of politics historially speaking
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.
ngsw
The temptations of power and vanity are so great that even churchmen cannot run away from the cesspit of politics.
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.
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.

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