CEN—‘A split would be better than this squabbling,’ say some Anglican leaders

Posted by Kendall Harmon

A split in the Anglican Communion would be better than constant squabbling over sexuality, British Anglican leaders believe. In the wake of the Episcopal Church consecrating the Rev Mary Glasspool last Saturday, the prevalent mood is that decisive action is needed from the Archbishop of Canterbury. ‘Sitting on the fence’ will only prolong the fallout, leaders warn.

Ms Glasspool, 56, was ordained as assistant Los Angeles bishop and is the first homosexual woman bishop to be ordained in the USA. She will work alongside Diane Jardine Brice, who was consecrated the same day. They will serve LA Bishop J Jon Bruno. A statement from the UK LGBT Anglican Coalition said it welcomed the consecrations. “We rejoice that two more women will become bishops in the Anglican Communion. We send them our congratulations and welcome them as bishops with the many gifts that each will bring to the Church.”

Speaking to the CEN, the coalition’s spokesperson, Rev Canon Giles Goddard, said the dispute over homosexuality was damaging the Church. “I hope that we are making progress and I hope that it won’t be long before we can get past this argument and get back to preaching love and justice.” He added: “However, it maybe that some people in the communion will never accept the diversity of practice in the Anglican Communion.”

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Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalArchbishop of Canterbury Anglican ProvincesChurch of England (CoE)Episcopal Church (TEC)Global South Churches & PrimatesSexuality Debate (in Anglican Communion)Same-sex blessings

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