Jefferts Schori urges restraint

Calls for patience from restive Episcopal majority
Pleading for patience from her church’s restive majority, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori urged the Episcopal Church to refrain from ordaining gay bishops and blessing same-sex unions “for a season,” so it can contribute further to the drafting of a covenant among the world’s 77 million Anglicans.

“If we want to be part of the writing of a covenant, we have some expectations before us,” Jefferts Schori said during a live Webcast from New York on February 28. She took questions from a studio audience, as well as by e-mail and telephone, during the hour-long event.

A number of gay and lesbian Episcopalians questioned Jefferts Schori about how far the Episcopal Church must bend to the will of overseas Anglican bishops, who have demanded that the U.S. House of Bishops promise by September 30 not to consent to electing gay bishops and not to authorize liturgical rites for same-sex unions.


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