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2006-04-07 18:35:00

By Michael Conlon CHICAGO -- A panel to address divisions caused by the U.S. Episcopal Church's consecration of an openly gay bishop recommended on Friday that the church be very cautious about doing so again and make a fresh statement of apology and repentance. The group's report said its members were divided over whether to go farther and instruct the 2.3-million-member church to "refrain" from putting gays into the episcopate, but in the end settled on telling members to use "very...

2006-04-06 15:05:59

By Michael Conlon CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Episcopal Church may be asked by a special internal commission to avoid electing more gay bishops and repent for the turmoil caused by the one it chose in 2003, according to published reports and remarks from church figures. A report likely to be issued later this week is designed to address the divisions in the worldwide Anglican community caused by the U.S. church's selection of the first openly gay bishop in Anglican church history....

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...

2005-10-31 15:48:01

By Michael Conlon CHICAGO (Reuters) - The United Methodist Church's top court has ordered a lesbian minister defrocked and ruled another clergy member was right to refuse church membership to a gay man, the church announced on Monday. The court said Elizabeth Stroud, 35, a minister at the First United Methodist Church of Germantown, Pennsylvania, who acknowledged her relationship with another woman, "was accorded all fair and due process rights." The ruling said an appeals committee...

2005-10-31 11:26:26

By Michael Conlon CHICAGO (Reuters) - The United Methodist Church's top court has ordered a lesbian minister defrocked, overturning a lower panel's ruling that had reversed the penalty, the church announced on Monday. Elizabeth Stroud "was accorded all fair and due process rights" and an appeals committee that reversed her removal from the ministry in April erred in saying church officials had failed to define what a "practicing homosexual" was in terms of church law, the ruling...

2005-10-31 10:00:47

By Edmund Blair CAIRO (Reuters) - Traditionalist Anglican clerics warned the U.S. and Canadian churches on Monday that their liberal actions over gay rights were tearing apart the 450-year-old church and told them to change their ways urgently. In some of the strongest language they have used so far in an already acrimonious dispute, churches from Africa, Asia and Latin America said they saw no evidence yet that U.S. and Canadian Anglicans were responding to calls for "repentance."...

2005-10-28 12:53:20

By Edmund Blair AIN SUKHNA, Egypt (Reuters) - The spiritual leader of the Anglican church on Friday called for traditionalist and liberal camps to keep talking despite deep divisions over gay rights that have threatened to split the 450-year-old church. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams also told Reuters he had urged traditionalist church leaders from developing states meeting in Egypt not to create new church structures even though existing arrangements might have left many...

2005-10-25 11:42:20

By Edmund Blair CAIRO (Reuters) - Traditionalist Anglican clerics from the developing world said on Tuesday that liberal U.S. and Canadian churches had not done enough to heal a rift over gay rights that is threatening to tear apart the Anglican church. The 77 million-strong Anglican church has been divided since 2003 when the U.S. Episcopal Church ordained a gay bishop and Canadian Anglicans began blessing same-sex marriages. The move outraged traditionalists who dominate the...


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