Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Anglican Leader Urges Ban On Gay Bishops


NEW YORK (AP) — The spiritual leader of the world's Anglicans urged church leaders Sunday not to consecrate any other gay bishops for now, as he ended a once-a-decade Anglican assembly that was dedicated to preventing schism in the troubled fellowship.

In his final speech at the Lambeth Conference, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said the Anglican Communion needs "space for study and free discussion without pressure" about whether to accept changes in the traditional biblical understanding of same-sex relationships.


On Sunday, the advocacy group Integrity, which represents gay and lesbian Episcopalians, said in a statement that "there is no theological defense for sacrificing a minority of the baptized" for the sake of unity.

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