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Church Could Split Over Opinion of Gays and Lesbians
June 28, 2006, 9:20 pm
Filed under: gay and lesbian

The leader of the world’s Anglicans is drawing up plans that will likely lead to U.S. Episcopal Church’s exclusion from the worldwide Anglican Communion. These plans are the result of the U.S. Episcopal Church’s acceptance of gays and lesbians.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowen Williams is proposing a two-track Anglican communion that distinguishes between orthodox churches, which will be accorded full “constituent” membership and pro-gay churches, which will be relegated to “associate” membership in the Anglican Church.

“There is no way the Anglican Communion can remain unchanged by what is happening at the moment,” Williams wrote to the Anglican Communion’s 38 primates.

The outcome of the recent General Convention of the Episcopal Church angered many Anglican conservatives. The demand that they elect no more gay bishops was rejected and instead a measure was passed that calls for “restraint” in the matter. Differences within the Anglican Church came to a head in 2003 when the Episcopalians, the U.S. branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion, elevated openly gay V. Gene Robinson to bishop.

The upcoming meeting of the standing committee of the 38 primates and the meeting of Anglican primates early next year will further discuss the proposal.

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