The Anglican Communion’s gay debates continue into the new year. Episcopal leader Katharine Jefferts Schori spoke out this week against the Anglican Communions scapegoating of their American cousins:
[Schori] says her church has been unfairly singled out for criticism because it is honest about consecrating gay bishops.
Jefferts Schori told BBC Radio 4’s “PM” program that the New York-based church, which is the Anglican body in the U.S., is far from the only Anglican province that has a bishop with a same-sex partner. In 2003, Episcopalians elected the first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, causing an uproar that has pushed the Anglican family toward a split.
“He is certainly not alone in being a gay bishop; he’s certainly not alone in being a gay partnered bishop,” Jefferts Schori said in an interview broadcast Tuesday. “He is alone in being the only gay partnered bishop who’s open about that status.”
Anti-gay Anglicans, meanwhile, will hold a right wing conference to boycott the movement’s Lambeth Conference in London. These rabble-rousers are displeased with Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams‘ queer double talk.