Right wing Anglicans have been threatening a gay-related schism for years. And now it seems the time has come:
Hardline church leaders have formally declared the end of the worldwide Anglican communion, saying they could no longer be associated with liberals who tolerate homosexual clergy.
The traditionalists dealt a serious blow to the Archbishop of Canterbury by claiming he can no longer hold the church together.
They warned that the church is gripped by its most serious crisis since the Reformation, and could only be saved by the repentance of the Americans who triggered the row by ordaining an openly homosexual bishop, the Rt Rev Gene Robinson, five years ago.
The 89-page declaration makes the Reformation comparison even more explicit with assertion, “We see a parallel between contemporary events and events in England in the sixteenth century. Now, after five centuries, a new fork in the road is appearing.”