Episcopal Church Rejects Demand for a 2nd Leadership
Responding to an ultimatum from leaders of the worldwide Anglican Communion, bishops of the Episcopal Church have rejected a key demand to create a parallel leadership structure to serve the conservative minority of Episcopalians who oppose their churchâ€™s liberal stand on homosexuality.
The bishops, meeting privately at a retreat center outside Houston, said they were aware that the stand they were taking could lead to the exclusion of the Episcopal Church from the Anglican Communion, an international confederation of churches tied to the Church of England.
They said they had a â€śdeep longingâ€ť to remain part of the Communion, but were unwilling to compromise the Episcopal Churchâ€™s autonomy and its commitment to full equality for all people, including gay men and lesbians....
""What really agitated the American bishops was the primatesâ€™ insistence that the Episcopal Church accept a parallel authority structure composed of a â€śprimatial vicarâ€ť and a five-member â€śpastoral council,â€ť a majority of whose members would have been appointed by the primates.""