Expressing their “passionate desire” to remain a full partner in the worldwide Anglican Communion, U.S. Episcopal bishops late last month essentially reiterated an earlier statement of their intent to “exercise restraint” regarding the consecration of more gay bishops and to stand firm against authorizing public blessings of same-sex unions.
Months before the September 30 deadline issued by overseas Anglican bishops for the U.S. church to rule out leniency on gay issues, the U.S. bishops had said that only the church’s triennial convention can make such blanket decisions. Unauthorized same-sex blessings continue in some parishes. Conservatives doubt that the carefully worded September bishops’ statement will be satisfactory abroad.
The bishops also condemned a move by African bishops to provide outside leadership for parishes that no longer accept the U.S. hierarchy. They endorsed a plan to appoint “episcopal visitors” from within the church instead.