Episcopal Church to forgo new bishops for year, leaders say

A time for healing
Seeking to accompany its apology to overseas Anglicans for the anguish caused by approving a gay bishop’s ordination in 2003, the U.S. Episcopal bishops have decided to withhold consent for any new bishops elected by dioceses over the next 14 months.

By a nearly unanimous vote, the denomination’s House of Bishops meeting in Navasota, Texas, in mid-March endorsed what they called “a provisional measure to contribute to a time for healing.” They also offered repentance “for having breached our bonds of affection by any failure to consult adequately with our Anglican partners.”


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