Archbishop’s ‘regret’ over US decision over gay bishops

Author: By Martha Linden, Press Association

Dr Rowan Williams said it remained “to be seen” whether last night’s vote by
the House of Deputies of the US Anglican Church, made up of clergy and lay
people, would be endorsed by the US Episcopal Church House of Bishops.

“I regret the fact that there is no will to observe the moratorium in such a
significant part of the Church in North America,” he told the General Synod
of the Church of England meeting in York.

The vote comes as a blow to attempts by Dr Williams to maintain unity within
the Anglican Communion following a worldwide row over the consecration in
the US of the Rt Rev Gene Robinson in 2003 as the first openly gay bishop.

Anglican leaders requested the moratorium five years ago and the Episcopal
Church General Convention three years ago urged “restraint” over the
election of bishops whose “manner of life” would cause offence to the wider
Anglican Communion.

Last month US and Canadian orthodox Anglicans held the inaugural assembly of
the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) in Bedford, Texas.

The ACNA is formed of around 700 orthodox Anglican congregations who have
broken away from The Episcopal Church in the US over the consecration Bishop
Robinson.

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