Religion: Ousting the Pope of Africa

Flamboyant Burgess Carr is stripped of his ecumenical post

In nearly seven years as general secretary of the All Africa Conference of Churches, the flamboyant Canon Burgess Carr often seemed more interested in politics than religion. The 42-year-old Anglican spoke often of liberation and less often of salvation, and declared: "We have had a British Jesus on our backs too long." Now the conference, which claims a constituency of 68 million non-Catholics, has reluctantly concluded that it has had the burly Carr on its back too long.

The Carr era ended at a tense emergency meeting in Lome, the sweltering capital of Togo....

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