Gay bishop, Episcopal leaders to stay course

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An openly gay Episcopal bishop whose consecration was criticized by an Anglican church panel says he is “deeply sorry” for the disarray his election has caused and will adopt a personal moratorium on blessing same-sex unions.

“I do feel regret, a deep and abiding regret, that this has been so painful to so many people in the Anglican Communion,” said Bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire. That was part of his initial response to the commission report from London last month that urged U.S. Episcopal leaders to express “regret” for their unprecedented steps last year.

Adding that he feels it is “God’s will” for him to remain in his post, Robinson noted that the panel headed by Irish Archbishop Robin Eames never asked for his resignation. Because he is “sensitive” to the fragile unity of the communion, Robinson said he would refer gay couples seeking a blessing to another priest.


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