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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The top leader in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has asked ministers and elders to reconsider their support for a meeting to push for strict enforcement of church bans on homosexual ministers and wedding-like ceremonies for gays.
The Rev. Fahed Abu-Akel, moderator of the 2.4 million-member denomination, wrote to 26 ministers and 31 elders who signed a petition seeking to reconvene last year's General Assembly in special session.
"I implore you in the name of Christ and for the good of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to reconsider your decision," he wrote.
The petition reflects the tension within the denomination over homosexual issues. Conservatives have grown frustrated by higher church officials who, they say, have refused to discipline churches that proclaim their willingness to ordain noncelibate homosexuals and hold wedding-like ceremonies for gays and lesbians.