Monday, July 14, 2008

Gay clergy split is 'most perilous crisis' in Church's history'most-perilous-crisis'-in-Church's-history.html

[Telegraph] 14 Jul 2008--The Anglican Church is facing the "most perilous crisis" in its history due to disagreements over gay clergy as it meets for the Lambeth Conference this week, traditionalists have warned.

Dissenters claim the 10-yearly gathering, which takes place in Canterbury, could be the "last" of its kind unless church leaders agree a formal resolution on the matter - an issue which has brought the 77 million-strong Anglican Communion to the brink of schism.

An open letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams and the more-than 800 bishops attending the conference is demanding an urgent overhaul of the programme to allow time to deal with the matter.

If not, the church risks squandering the opportunity to resolve the issue and risks "permanent and multiple fracture", it claims.

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