Us bishop: i would accept a schism

A U.S. Anglican bishop has spoken out in favor of seceding from the world Anglican Communion, according to media reports. "I would accept a schism," Bishop Steven Charleston of Cambridge, Massachusetts, told the Washington Post newspaper, "I would accept being told that I am out of step with churches like the one in Nigeria if it meant that, conversely, I was in step with justice and morality."

Charleston was responding to the ultimatum of an Anglican crisis summit in Tanzania at the beginning of the week. In a unanimous resolution, the representatives of almost all national churches had called on the liberal US Episcopal Church to prove within seven months that it would permanently turn away from its previous course. Failure to do so would threaten "consequences" for the U.S. church's "full participation" in the Anglican world communion. Above all conservative African churches turn against the US Anglicans, who are too liberal from their point of view.The 2003 episcopal ordination of an avowed homosexual, as well as blessing rites for same-sex couples in the U.S. and Canada, have brought the conservative and liberal church wings of the world's 78 million Anglicans to the brink of schism. U.S. Anglican bishops go into retreat in March. Observers expect a reaction from there to the resolution of the world communion. "Time to reflect and pause" Other leading U.S. liberals, according to the Washington Post, said they would first wait for the statement from the U.S. Presiding Bishop, Katherine Jefferts Schori. She had signed the Tanzanian resolution and still on Tuesday evening called on both sides to use Lent as a time for reflection and pause. "Maybe she can convince us and show us how a compromise could work," Diocese of Washington spokesman Jim Naughton told the newspaper.Susan Russell, president of an Anglican gay rights activist group, said, "Either we remain true to our liberal catch-all that church is for all, or we remain true to our desire to be a member of the Anglican world communion."So far, however, the U.S. church has avoided such a decision.

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