Date
20 November 2017
Reverend Peter Koon, secretary general of the Hong Kong Anglican Church, says comments made in an internal event should not be considered a public statement. Photo: HKEJ
Reverend Peter Koon, secretary general of the Hong Kong Anglican Church, says comments made in an internal event should not be considered a public statement. Photo: HKEJ

Anglican Church says bishop’s remarks meant for members

The Hong Kong Anglican Church said controversial remarks made by the Most Reverend Dr. Paul Kwong during his sermon on the July 1 protest have been taken out of context, and that he had no intentions of insulting the pan-democratic camp, the Apple Daily reported on Thursday.

Reverend Peter Koon, secretary general of the church, also said the archbishop will not take back his words as his comments were made in an internal event, and not a public statement.

But Reverend Lo Lung-kwong, director of the Divinity School, Chung Chi College, said Kwong’s sermon touched on an event of public interest, and as such, it went beyond being an internal church event. Christianity should not be used as an excuse to be insulated from social topics.

In his sermon, Kwong criticized those who joined the July 1 march for displaying “herd mentality”. He said people shouldn’t rush out into the streets even if they want to make some point, noting that Jesus Christ kept silent even when his life was under threat.

Koon said the public should adopt a more open attitude towards Kwong’s comments, adding that the archbishop has always been a person with a huge sense of humor and his sermons are often entertaining.

He also said that Kwong, being a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, did not want to make further comments because of his political position.

Koon also disagreed with comments that Kwong was guilty of racial discrimination when he asked why the students who joined the sit-in after the July 1 march did not bring along their Filipino maids.

Meanwhile, Pastor Boon-lin Ngeo said in an online article that the best way to address a mistake is to apologize for it, the mediocre way is to remain silent, while the worst is to brand a mistake as a joke, according to the report.

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