Episcopal-Anglican rift deepens - U.S. bishops say no to a key demand
The Episcopal Church moved closer Wednesday to a showdown with the worldwide Anglican Communion, even as the church's bishops emphasized their desire to remain within that body.
The bishops ended a crucial meeting near Houston with a news conference and a letter in which they rejected a call from Anglican leaders to allow dissident conservative congregations in the United States to be overseen by a separate body that could include leaders from outside the country.
And I take issue with this term...'dissident conservative congregations'....PLEEEEZZZE!Again, won't this put a 'crimp' in discussions-'dialog'? Episcopal ecumenists hopeful about Catholic-Anglican future (Fri. 3-17-07)
Episcopalians brace for possible church split
Episcopalians across the country reacted today to news that Episcopal bishops appeared to be taking steps toward rejecting several demands made by top Anglicans of the American church, steps that could push the two bodies toward a formal split.
The bishops were to hold a 1:30 p.m.(3-21-07) PDT news conference today to explain Tuesday's decision to refuse a demand by Anglican leaders that they provide a special vicar for orthodox congregations and dioceses that oppose the Episcopal Church's positions on issues of homosexuality and biblical teaching.
The Episcopal Church is the American branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion, the world's third-largest Christian denomination with 77 million members.