More than a year after the confirmation of an openly gay Episcopal bishop, who recently admitted he was not 100 percent sure he did the right thing, church officials say the denomination has not broken apart or fallen victim to a fatal drop in finances.
The election of Bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire was approved by bishops and lay and clergy delegates in August 2003 during the church’s General Convention in Minneapolis. He was formally consecrated November 2.
Robinson’s election was denounced by sister churches in the Anglican Communion as an unbiblical act that threatened to tear asunder the group of 38 church provinces. Nine U.S. dioceses formed a separate network as a refuge for conservatives opposed to Robinson’s election.