Wednesday, September 19, 2007

N.O. backdrop for meeting to save the Anglican communion

By Bruce Nolan
The Times-Picayune
September 18, 2007

The archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the worldwide Anglican Communion, arrives in New Orleans today hoping to find a way to keep the world's third-largest Christian church from breaking up in a global clash over homosexuality.

The Most Rev. Rowan Williams will meet with about 160 Episcopal bishops from around the United States, and key primates or heads of Anglican churches from other countries, in talks Thursday and Friday at the Hotel InterContinental.

His mission is to find a way to avert a rift between the 2.4-million-member Episcopal Church (USA) and more conservative Anglican churches in 37 other geographic provinces. Many of their leaders believe the Episcopal church has broken faith with Christianity by supporting same-sex unions and ordaining gay bishops and other clergy.

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John Gibson and John Bradley will be covering the House of Bishops meeting for the Voice of Integrity and Walking With Integrity.

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