Monday, August 31, 2009

Episcopalians should just agree to disagree

From Salt Lake City-

Before the Episcopal Church suffers further fracture, the denomination might wisely take a cue from President Barack Obama by summoning its leading antagonists to a summit.

Recently, the president successfully reconciled a black professor and the white policeman who arrested him over beer in the White House rose garden. Sherry, rather than beer, might be preferred at a summit of Episcopalians.

The 2.3 million-member Episcopal Church is the U.S. branch of the 77 million-member worldwide Anglican Communion. In recent years four Episcopal dioceses and many individual parishes have severed ties with the national body, maintaining that its approval of openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire and its wish to bless same-sex couples runs contrary to the Bible.

Despite pleas by the Archbishop of Canterbury and a majority of Anglican churches around the world, Episcopal delegates this summer ended a three-year moratorium on ordaining gay bishops and blessing gay couples.

The lines are drawn.

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