Election of lesbian bishop 'regrettable,' says Williams

Archbishop of Canterbury discusses implications
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has called the confirmation of a second openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church “regrettable” and said it will have “important implications” for the U.S. church’s role in the wider Anglican Communion.

Despite warnings from Williams, U.S. bishops and regional committees ratified the election of Mary Douglas Glasspool, an open lesbian, as an assistant bishop in Los Angeles. The Episcopal Church announced her confirmation by its bishops March 17 after a majority of regional committees had earlier affirmed her election.

Many Episcopalians hail Glasspool’s election as a move toward the full inclusion of gays and lesbians in the Episcopal Church. Glasspool said she is “aware that not everyone rejoices” in her election but pledged to “extend my own hands and heart to bridge those gaps.”


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