(London Telegraph) - The Church of England will be thrown into turmoil this summer following the decision of leading bishops to boycott a landmark Anglican summit in protest at the presence of pro-gay bishops.A day of reckoning has come for Anglicans and Episcopalians around the world, and especially in the United States. No more can priests and bishops straddle the fence. The time has come to pick a side. If they don't, decisions will start to be made for them. Nothing can stop this from happening now. The liberal Anglican/Episcopalian priests and bishops in North America and England have brought this upon themselves. They selfishly chose to push their own social agenda, even at the expense of the worldwide communion it took them centuries to build. It's all over now.
In a move that marks a significant split in the established Church, at least three bishops, including the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester, will decline an invitation from Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, to attend the Lambeth Conference.
Up to six more bishops are understood to be considering similar action because of Dr Williams's decision to allow controversial figures to be at the gathering of worldwide Anglican bishops, which meets only once in 10 years.
The boycott will intensify the row over gay clergy, which was reignited when The Sunday Telegraph disclosed last week that two gay priests had exchanged vows in a version of the marriage service.
It threatens to undermine the authority of the Archbishop, who is battling to maintain unity in the Church in the face of bitter rows over homosexuality and women bishops.
He has already been snubbed by 250 Anglican bishops, mainly from Africa, who are meeting this week at a rival conference in Jerusalem, but the absence of English bishops would be a highly significant development for the future of the Church of England.
Six bishops and about 60 clergy from the Church of England will be at this week's meeting of conservatives, the Global Anglican Future Conference, at which Bishop Nazir-Ali will deliver a key-note address on the way ahead for the Anglican communion.
He will not go to the Lambeth Conference, however, as he believes that it has been compromised by the inclusion of American leaders who consecrated the Anglican communion's first gay bishop.
Friends of Bishop Nazir-Ali, who is one of the most prominent and influential figures in the Church, said that he has made the decision on a matter of principle. He considers the Americans' action to have been "unscriptural" and "disobedient", and feels unable to meet those he holds responsible for causing the schism in the worldwide Church...
read full story here
After the last 30 years, this was bound to happen. It had to happen. And in a way, it's a good thing that it is happening. Because in the midst of all this darkness, a beacon of light is shining through. Within the watered-down lukewarm Anglican Communion, a healthy and robust conservative Anglican majority is emerging. God bless them! They're standing up to the tyranny of relativism, facing it down, and showing it that Jesus is Lord! In the heat of this battle, they're courageously shouting that Christ came to forgive our sins, not condone them. It's inspiring! It's invigorating! May God Almighty BLESS them, for their courage brings tears to my eyes. I tell you this, we have not seen such valor among so many clergy in our lifetime. These men are heroes of the faith. I pray that Rome opens her doors wide to them, and soon, for the Catholic Church needs more men such as these.