Episcopal Church given deadline to bar gay bishops definitively

A tense standoff in Tanzania
Anglican leaders from around the world have told the Episcopal Church’s bishops they must declare unequivocally that they will not authorize same-sex blessings and that no one living in a same-sex union will be made a bishop.

Failure to give such assurances by September 30 would leave the Episcopal Church’s relations with the Anglican Communion “damaged at best” and would have “consequences for the full participation” in the 77-million member global body. The Anglican leaders, known as primates, delivered this message at the end of a February 15-19 meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.


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