Date
24 November 2017
Archbishop Paul Kwong says he is sorry for the trouble caused by comments he made in a sermon. Photo: HKSKH
Archbishop Paul Kwong says he is sorry for the trouble caused by comments he made in a sermon. Photo: HKSKH

Church leader apologizes for July 1 sermon fallout

Hong Kong’s Anglican archbishop has apologized to parishioners for the disturbance and concerns raised by his comments on the “herd mentality” of marchers in the July 1 protest.

Archbishop Paul Kwong, who is also a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, published the comments in the Echo newsletter put out by the church, also known as the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui.

Kwong did not apologize for the content of his comments made during a sermon on July 6 to his congregation. In that sermon, he said the July 1 protestors did not show analytical thinking and Jesus’ silence at his crucifixion spoke louder than words, Television Broadcast Ltd. (00511.HK) reported on July 7.

He also took aim at “Occupy Central” participants for complaining about a lack of food and bathroom facilities while they were detained.

Kwong avoided the media last week, leaving Sheng Kung Hui secretary general Peter Koon to defend the archbishop’s speech as a humorous take on the events rather than an attempt to mock the protesters, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.

But Koon’s response did not assuage public discontent, the report said.

Kwong said in the Echo that last week was a tough time because his sermon had been widely reported and drawn much discussion and criticism. 

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