Episcopal Church chided but not sanctioned

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The Episcopal Church should apologize for stirring disunity, but will not face serious sanctions for allowing an openly gay bishop, an Anglican church panel said in long-anticipated recommendations made October 18. The panel’s 92-page report, issued by Irish Archbishop Robin Eames, stopped short of calling for the U.S. church to be excommunicated, but said the decision breached “the proper constraints of the bonds of affection” with sister churches in the 77-million-member Anglican Communion.

In presenting the report, Eames called for a moratorium on new gay bishops but said there is “no mechanism for the imposition of a discipline” after the U.S. church consecrated an openly gay priest, V. Gene Robinson, as bishop of New Hampshire.


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