MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 1 â€” Moving one step closer to a choice that some Episcopalians say threatens the unity of their denomination, a church committee today endorsed ratifying the election of a New Hampshire bishop who would be the first openly gay bishop in the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Consideration of the Rev. Canon V. Gene Robinson, the bishop-elect, now moves to the legislative houses of the Episcopal Church U.S.A., which is meeting here and could decide the matter by Monday. Next week, church leaders will also decide whether to create a liturgy for blessing same-sex couples.
In a hotel ballroom so full by 7 a.m. that scores of people had to wait outside, Mr. Robinson's supporters, including his daughter, told the committee of his long history of service to the church and to his family, and warned that church leaders should not interfere with a choice New Hampshire Episcopalians, who...
Let's remember that the schism isn't going to occur soon with the Anglicans; it occurred a century ago when theological liberalism reached that body. If they go ahead, the apparent split will merely "make it legal."
Are they not aware that major Anglican communions around the world are speaking out against this..they may lose the African Anglicans if they proceed with their liberal view. If the Africans want to keep their communion pure and Biblically based on this matter, they may end up having to follow St. Paul's advice: "Mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine ye have learned and avoid them."