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2006-06-20 16:24:06

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A proposal for the U.S. Episcopal Church to impose an unofficial moratorium on ordaining more openly gay bishops was rejected on Tuesday in a vote that could further roil relations with fellow Anglicans worldwide. The issue is not completely dead since the triennial convention of the 2.3-million-member U.S. church will not close until Wednesday evening and the issue could be revived. But the rejection by one of two legislative policy-making houses meeting in...

2006-06-19 15:25:47

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - Anglicans faced a new crisis on Monday after the U.S. branch of the church elected a liberal female leader who said she believed homosexuality was no sin and homosexuals were created by God. One English bishop warned that Anglicanism was in danger of splitting into "two religions" after the election in the United States of Katherine Jefferts Schori to lead the 2.3-million-strong U.S. episcopal church. The election came after the consecration of...

2006-06-19 14:50:38

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Newly elected leader of the U.S. Episcopal Church Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said on Monday she believed homosexuality was no sin and homosexuals were created by God to love people of the same gender. Jefferts Schori, bishop of the Diocese of Nevada, was elected on Sunday as the first woman leader of the 2.3 million-member Episcopal Church. the U.S. branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion. She will formally take office later this year. Interviewed on...

2006-06-19 14:22:43

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - Anglicans faced a new crisis on Monday after a liberal female bishop became head of the U.S. branch of the church and an English bishop warned that Anglicanism was in danger of splitting into "two religions." The consecration of openly gay American bishop Gene Robinson and the blessing of same sex marriages in Canada three years ago have deepened differences between liberals and conservatives among the world's 77 million Anglicans. Now the broad...

2006-06-19 07:57:50

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - Anglicans faced stark divisions on Monday after a woman radical took over the U.S. branch and an English Bishop warned that Anglicanism was in danger of splitting into "two religions." Three years of deepening differences between liberals and conservatives among the world's 77 million Anglicans were sparked by the consecration of openly gay American bishop Gene Robinson and the blessing of same sex marriages in Canada. Now the broad church, which...

2006-06-19 07:00:03

By Jim Leckrone COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - The U.S. Episcopal Church chose Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori on Sunday as its first woman leader, a move unprecedented in the Anglican church and one likely to produce more turmoil in a faith divided over the ordination of an openly gay bishop. Her election came 30 years after the 2.3 million-member Episcopal Church, the U.S. branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion, approved the ordination of women to the priesthood. The selection...

2006-06-18 19:36:00

By Jim Leckrone COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - The U.S. Episcopal Church chose Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori on Sunday as its first woman leader, a move unprecedented in the Anglican church and one likely to produce more turmoil in a faith divided over the ordination of an openly gay bishop. Her election came 30 years after the 2.3 million-member Episcopal Church, the U.S. branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion, approved the ordination of women to the priesthood. The selection...

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...

2006-06-18 16:58:15

By Jim Leckrone COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) - The U.S. Episcopal Church on Sunday chose Bishop Katharine Schori as its new leader, the first woman to head the 2.3 million-member denomination since its founding in colonial times. Her election came 30 years after the Episcopal Church, the U.S. branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion, approved the ordination of women to the priesthood. Schori, who holds degrees in biology and oceanography and taught religious studies at Oregon State...

2006-06-17 16:50:00

By Michael Conlon COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A key committee of the U.S. Episcopal Church, responding to criticism from fellow Anglicans worldwide for the consecration of an openly gay bishop, approved on Saturday an expanded and more strongly worded apology for the action. The same panel has yet to decide how to respond to two related issues dominating the triennial convention of the 2.3 million-member U.S. church -- the blessing of same-sex unions and the consecration of other gay bishops in the...