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Anglican Leaders Snub International Conference Over US Episcopal Stance on Gay and Women Clergy

Episcopal Church LogoAt least 15 church leaders (known as primates) have snubbed the international Anglican Communication because of the U.S. Episcopalian church's stance on clergy.

According to the conservative Institute on Religion & Democracy (IRD), at least seven have specifically cited the continued participation of the U.S. Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori as reason for skipping the meeting. The IRD also claims,

"Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has been embarrassed by so many Anglican leaders shunning yet another pre-fabricated 'conversation' with the Episcopal Church.

"After snubbing repeated requests from Anglican leaders not to bless same-sex unions or consecrate openly partnered homosexual bishops, Episcopal Church leaders have effectively cut themselves off from the majority of Anglicans worldwide.

"The Anglican sex battles that have captured media attention are the consequence of a much deeper rift between two competing gospels: one found in historic Christianity, the second a modern innovation proclaiming indiscriminate affirmation.

"This strife within the third largest family of Christian churches worldwide will not conclude in decisive schism. Instead, liberal and conservative Anglicans will continue to realize a de-facto separation over time. The Dublin primate's meeting exemplifies this evolving separation."

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  • Mriana

    Personally, I think the whole thing is stupid. Ironically, the same people complaining about this are against women clergy and the rumour was that they voted Schori in so they could make an even bigger stink. This was several years ago, but still they are the extremists of the Episcopal/Anglican communion. The bishop over in Africa stated homosexuality was demonic. So even the Episcopal Church has their extremists who are against gays, women, and as many things as the Fundamngelicals are. It was pretty bad and apparently still is.

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