Episcopal and Anglican leaders were unable to come to a common agreement on how to move forward with the controversy over homosexuality in the church. A group of leaders had convened at an undisclosed location in New York for a closed meeting this week to address the liberal and conservative divide.
"We could not come to a consensus on a common plan to move forward to meet the needs of the dioceses that issued the appeal for Alternate Primatial Oversight," read a statement issued this morning on the Anglican Communion News Service.
The three-day meeting, which began on Monday, was held to "review the current landscape of the church in view of the conflicts within the Episcopal Church.” The meeting came at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, who had received requests from seven dioceses for a new overseer. The conservative dioceses had made the request in opposition to the increasing support for homosexuality in the U.S. Episcopal Church....
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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: It sounds like irreconcilable differences to me. Actually this was quite predictable. The head of the Anglican Communion is the Archbishop of Canterbury, and that position is mainly a figurehead role. He has no real authority to discipline Church leaders outside his own province. So in a very real sense, the Anglican Communion has no means of saving itself from this crisis. For conservative Anglicans here in the Episcopal Church USA, there really are only three options available now....
- Join a splinter group in the "Traditional Anglican Communion" (TAC)
- Leave Anglicanism altogether and go mainline Protestant, Evangelical or Eastern Orthodox.
- Reunify with Rome under the "Anglican Use" pastoral provision, thus preserving one's Anglican roots under the protection of the pope. Click here to learn more.