Monday, March 06, 2006

Williams Fears Split Over Homosexuality

The Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury has again expressed fears over an Anglican split over the issue of homosexuality:
Dr Williams also warned that the worldwide Anglican Church faced a fundamental "rupture" on the issue of homosexuality.

He said he feared any split could take decades to heal.

Traditionalists have given the Church in the US until June to reverse its approach on ordaining gay clergy - or face expulsion from the Communion.

Some liberals back a looser, federal structure for the Anglican Communion.

Dr Williams said he feared any split would run too deep to make this possible.

"If there is a rupture, it's going to be a more visible rupture, it is not going to settle down quietly to being a federation," he said.

"And I suppose my anxiety about it is that if the communion is broken we may be left with even less than a federation."

...Our correspondent said the archbishop seemed to be aiming his remarks at the American Church.

The church has been given until its governing convention meets in June to reverse its liberal approach to the ordination of gay clergy and the blessing of same-sex relationships.

You know you're getting too liberal when the English try to rein you in. Look for not only an Atlantic split, but also a further American split.

Both of the mainline Episcopal members left can celebrate their 'victory' for inclusion.

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