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2006-06-18 17:35:42

By Jim Leckrone COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - The U.S. Episcopal Church chose Bishop Katharine Schori on Sunday as the first woman leader of the 2.3 million-member denomination, a vote likely to produce more controversy in a group already divided over the ordination of its first openly homosexual bishop. Her election came 30 years after the Episcopalians, the U.S. branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion, approved the ordination of women to the priesthood. The selection seemed likely...

2006-03-22 08:17:41

By Michael Conlon CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Episcopal Church is headed for another showdown over homosexuality in a rift that has already shaken the worldwide Anglican church family to which it belongs, and threatens even more division. The next flashpoint will occur in an unlikely place -- Columbus, Ohio -- where the Episcopal Church's triennial general convention will have to confront the issue again, and may even have to decide whether a second openly gay person should be made...

2006-03-22 08:15:00

By Michael Conlon CHICAGO -- The U.S. Episcopal Church is headed for another showdown over homosexuality in a rift that has already shaken the worldwide Anglican church family to which it belongs, and threatens even more division. The next flashpoint will occur in an unlikely place -- Columbus, Ohio -- where the Episcopal Church's triennial general convention will have to confront the issue again, and may even have to decide whether a second openly gay person should be made a bishop. While...

2006-01-16 08:27:14

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - A Church of England report paved the way on Monday for a female Archbishop of Canterbury but said that having a woman as spiritual leader of the world's Anglicans was still a long way off. As a first step, women bishops could be ordained by the year 2012, it added, but not before an elaborate compromise is worked out to placate opponents. The issue of whether women should be allowed to break through the so-called "stained glass ceiling" to take...

2005-11-17 07:01:37

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - Almost half the world's Anglican archbishops have mutinied over the divisive issue of gay clergy, demanding action from Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams over "unrepented sexual immorality" in the church. Their views, set out in a sharply worded open letter to Williams in which they attack his leadership, could put the 450-year-old church on the road to schism. Two years of deepening divisions among the world's 77 million Anglicans were...

2005-09-20 05:23:45

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams faces a recurring nightmare trying to stop Anglican liberals and conservatives heading for schism over the increasingly divisive issue of gay rights. "That is why Rowan Williams is looking so haggard nowadays," Church Times editor Paul Handley said on Tuesday as the spiritual leader of 77 million Anglicans worldwide fought to keep the church united. Two years of deepening divisions were sparked by the...

2005-07-11 13:53:28

LONDON (Reuters) - The Church of England voted on Monday to move toward ordaining women bishops, a step which could provoke an exodus of conservative clergy and deepen the widening splits within the worldwide Anglican Communion. A synod meeting in the city of York voted to "remove legal obstacles" in Church law to women bishops, a process Church officials say could take about four years to complete. All three houses of the synod -- the church's parliament -- voted in favor. The most senior...