Episcopal vote on gay clergy widens Anglican split

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A global schism in the worldwide Anglican Communion looked set to widen on Tuesday after its U.S. branch, the Episcopal Church, approved a resolution to ordain gay and lesbian clergy.

The ordaining of gay clergy and related issues have already prompted some conservative congregations to leave the Episcopal fold, while a few traditional Anglican churches in regions like Africa have broken ties with their more liberal U.S. brethren.

The resolution was passed by wide margins by both of the church’s main decision-making bodies, the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies, at its General Convention in Anaheim, California, south of Los Angeles.

The resolution affirmed that “God has called and may call such individuals (gay or lesbians), to any ordained ministry in The Episcopal Church.”Click here to read this entire article.