Episcopal alternative formed; Africans urge Lambeth be postponed

Anglican Covenant proposed
A high-level Anglican committee based in Great Britain has reported that the Episcopal Church’s bishops who met last month in New Orleans “clarified all outstanding questions” regarding its controversial stances on homosexual issues. But 11 bishops in the Council of African Anglican Provinces, in a special meeting October 2-5 in Mauritius, said the assurances by U.S. bishops that they will restrain themselves on ordaining gay bishops or blessing same-sex unions are “without credibility.”

The African primates, or high-ranking bishops, called for postponement of the once-a-decade 2008 Lambeth Conference in July to “allow the current tensions to subside and leave room for the hard work of reconciliation that must be done.” The primates urged that work continue on a proposed Anglican Covenant, which many conservatives hope will “uphold our common heritage of faith.”

 

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