Archbishop of Canterbury reacts to lesbian bishop

Timothy Kincaid

December 6th, 2009

Via the Guardian

Rowan Williams, spiritual leader of the world’s 77 million Anglicans, urged restraint following the choice of the Rev Mary Glasspool to become the second openly gay bishop in the global Anglican fellowship. The election needs approval from a majority of Episcopal church dioceses before she can be consecrated.

Williams said: “The election of Mary Glasspool by the diocese of Los Angeles as suffragan bishop elect raises very serious questions not just for the Episcopal church and its place in the Anglican communion, but for the communion as a whole.

“The process of selection, however, is only part complete. The election has to be confirmed, or could be rejected, by diocesan bishops and diocesan standing committees. That decision will have very important implications.”

That decision has already been made when the body of the church voted to no longer hold itself constrained by the biases and animus of foreign churches. So you have plenty of reason to be concerned, Archbishop.

Your first concern, however, should be whether you will embody Christ’s welcome and inclusion or whether your fears of schism will bind you to the policies of ignorance and exclusion that dominate the enemies of love.

werdna

December 7th, 2009

That’s CanterbUry, with a “u”. (Yes, we know your spell check doesn’t work for headlines!)

scott

December 7th, 2009

Less than 24 hours to respond to LA’s election of a lesbian to the Bishopric, but 60 days and counting for any response from Rowan Cantaur to the evil Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill, which has the support of Church of Uganda, a member church of the Worldwide Anglican Communion. It’s apparently worse in the Archbishop’s eyes to elect a lesbian to be a Bishop than it is to put a lesbian to death. As an Episcopalian, i’m once again ashamed of my church’s connection to the Anglican Communion.

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