Rival Anglican church body forms for North America

Unhappy with "liberal turn"
Dissident Episcopalians in North America unhappy with what they say is the “liberal turn” of the U.S. and Canadian branches of Anglicanism have announced that they are forming an alternative denomination, or province, within the worldwide communion.

The New York–based Episcopal Church and a spokesperson for the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams dismissed the steps taken in early December at a church in Wheaton, Illinois, as irregular and premature at the least.

Though the move to form an “emerging Anglican Church in North America” was not unexpected, it did illustrate the division sharpened by disagreements over church authority and homosexuality issues—principally the Episcopal Church’s approval of a gay bishop in 2003.

 

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