Monday, August 11, 2008

Church Already Showing ‘Restraint’ with Blessings, P.B. Asserts

[The Living Church] 11 Aug 2008--Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said The Episcopal Church already has been in a “season of gracious restraint” regarding the blessing of same-sex unions and consecrating partnered homosexuals to the episcopate, and said she doesn’t expect that to change before next summer’s General Convention.

“I don't see there is any church-wide push to end that in the coming months,” Bishop Jefferts Schori said. “General Convention is the only body that really can decide to do anything significant related to [these issues]. Individual bishops have always made their own decisions within the canonical responsibilities of their dioceses.”

Bishop Jefferts Schori made her remarks during an internet webcast Aug. 7, where she was joined by New York Bishop Mark Sisk in discussing the recently completed Lambeth Conference.

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