No agreement in the Anglican Communion Lambeth Conference on Church gay issue

British Broadcasting Corporation 

A meeting of Anglican bishops is likely to end with no agreement on the issue of homosexuality which has threatened to tear the Church apart.

The Lambeth Conference has been taking place amid controversy over homosexual clergy and same-sex unions.

About 200 bishops have boycotted the once-a-decade forum over the issue.

But the BBC’s Robert Pigott says there are signs of support for a long-term conservative strategy to prevent further disintegration.

The religious correspondent said there had been criticism of the way that, during the conference, bishops have been split up into small groups to discuss the issue that has brought the Communion to the brink of a permanent split.

Bullies always come back for more. And the one thing that I think the Archbishop is blind to is the fact that nothing short of total victory will satisfy these guys

  • Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire

“However, it seems that a number of the groups have voted for a ban on gay bishops and church blessings for homosexual couples, as part of a long-term plan to preserve at least the core of the Communion,” he said.

Such an arrangement would result in a two-tier communion but no church would be expelled.

The man whose ordination triggered the crisis – the Bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson – said he was opposed to any such centralisation.

He told Radio 4’s Sunday programme that some traditionalists were actively working towards schism.

“Bullies always come back for more. And the one thing that I think the Archbishop is blind to is the fact that nothing short of total victory will satisfy these guys.”

Divisive issue

Traditionalist Anglicans say several passages in the Bible clearly outlaw active homosexuality.

But liberals say the Bible’s general message is that all people should be included in the Church.

Last weekend, the Archbishop of Canterbury spoke of the need to resolve “internal tensions” within the Anglican Church.

The conference, which began on 16 July, will conclude on Sunday after the 650 bishops from around the world join their spouses in a joint closing session followed by worship at Canterbury Cathedral.

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One Response to No agreement in the Anglican Communion Lambeth Conference on Church gay issue

  1. vknfal says:

    Churches are really successful in addressing unmet needs to “belong to something greater than ourselves.”

    Based upon years of pioneering research on Loneliness by J. Cacioppo, the most striking finding about health and religion is that regular church attendance is associated with a huge improvement in morbidity, mortality stats. It isn’t pray, it isn’t faith….it’s showing up once a week with like minded people and “sharing the feeling” of togetherness. There’s even a dose effect. Those who do church more than once a week have even better health than the once a week people.

    Science validates the “love one another”, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” message. It’s not just idealism–it’s hard science. That kind of altruism and other-directed behavior is physically good for you…not just morally good for you.

    Check it out at http://www.scienceofloneliness.com/. Or read: Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection, by Cacioppo&Patrick. Available at Amazon.com

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