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article imageGay issue sidestepped by church ruling body

By Andrew John     Feb 11, 2010 in World
The lawmaking body of the Anglican Church has sidestepped the thorny gay issue that has almost torn the church apart, by refusing to officially recognise a breakaway group in the United States.
After the appointment of a gay bishop in New Hampshire in 2003, a sect of conservative American Anglicans formed a group called the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), severing themselves from the country’s Episcopalian Church (which is part of the Anglican Communion).
This was part of the long-running dispute over the appointment of female and gay bishops – an issue that has dominated this week’s General Synod in the UK.
An evangelical lay member of the Synod put a motion yesterday asking that the meeting “express the desire that the Church of England be in communion” with ACNA. This would have given the conservatives a publicity coup, according to the UK’s Independent newspaper
However, the Synod watered this down by merely recognising ACNA’s “desire to remain within the Anglican family”. ACNA “remain within the global Anglican Communion but it is severed from the Episcopal Church (the US version of the Church of England) because of their continued consecration of openly gay bishops”, says the Independent.
The wording of the amendment is being seen as a small victory for pro-gay liberals within the Anglican Communion, because, while it recognises ACNA’s wish to remain part of the Anglican Communion, it does not endorse its decision to break away from the Episcopalians, the mother church.
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