(AP) - The Anglican Communion has suspended U.S. Episcopalians from serving on some interfaith bodies because of the election of a lesbian as a bishop in California.THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: So begins the long and torturous process of self inflicted amputation. It begins here, with the suspension of The Episcopal Church (TEC) from ecumenical discussions. As time goes by, and TEC shows no signs of remorse, other suspensions will be added to the list, until finally it's time for the next Lambeth Conference in 2018. Will delegates from TEC be invited to participate in Lambeth 2018? Only time will tell.
The U.S. church opened a rift in the global communion, and within its own ranks, seven years ago by electing a gay man, V. Gene Robinson, as bishop of New Hampshire. Conservative African Anglicans have taken a lead in opposing moves in the United States and Canada to promote gays and to bless homosexual relationships.
Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury and spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion, had called for a moratorium on appointing homosexuals to leadership positions. He asked for action against the Episcopal Church after the Rev. Canon Mary Glasspool was named an assistant bishop of Los Angeles.
The Anglican Communion is an association of 44 regional and national member churches, most founded by Church of England missionaries, with more than 80 million members in more than 160 countries....
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During the interim period however, there may be a lot of changes in the overall structure of the Anglican Communion. By then Archbishop Rowan Williams will be approaching retirement age, and it is widely expected that his replacement will most probably be a woman. Whatever the case, the Church of England and the provinces of the Anglican Communion in North America, Australia and New Zealand will most certainly continue down the road of greater innovation and capitulation to the Tyranny of Relativism. Because of this we can expect to see the continued unraveling of the worldwide (Protestant) Anglican Communion.