“Canada’s Anglican bishops sidestepped a request from the worldwide Anglican Communion to stop blessing gay marriages for now, despite warnings that failure to do so would imperil Anglican unity. The bishops issued a statement on Friday saying “a large majority” of them could affirm ‘a continued commitment to the greatest extent possible’ to a moratorium on the blessing of same-sex unions until the Canadian church’s general synod in 2010. But the statement did not commit the entire Anglican Church of Canada to agreeing to the request made in August by the once-a-decade Lambeth Conference of global Anglican leaders.” [Reuters]