In a decision that could strain relations with the Catholic Church and within its own Anglican Communion, the Episcopal Church has approved liturgical resources for the blessing of same-sex relationships.
The church's House of Bishops voted 111-41 July 9 in favor of provisional use of the resources until the next General Convention, held every three years. About 80 percent of the church's House of Deputies gave their approval July 10.
The secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity called the decision "a huge obstacle on the path to Christian unity," saying it would affect the Catholic-Episcopal dialogue in the United States.
Read it all. I trust everyone reading the blog to keep up with some basic aspects of General Convention. The phrase "not being on the floor during the vote" is not accurate in reference to the "vote" in question. The majority of the South Carolina deputation and the bishop left General Convention on the second to last day--KSH.
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