Anglican Church to face gay, women issues

June 28, 2006 at 9:18 AM   |   Comments

CANTERBURY, England, June 28 (UPI) -- The head of the Anglican Church, based in Britain, called for an agreement over divisive issues and sent a warning to those who don't sign on.

The call by Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, is a response to years of strife over the role of women and homosexuals in the church, which conservative members have rallied to limit and liberal factions have pushed to expand, The Washington Post reports.

The move is seen as a watermark for recent struggles, specifically after the first openly gay man was consecrated as bishop of New Hampshire three years ago and last week when the Episcopal Church USA elected Nevada Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori as its leader.

The Times of London reports there are Anglican churches in Canada, Scotland and New Zealand who align themselves with the U.S. church's values. The New York Times reports some U.S. dioceses may soon leave the communion altogether.

Those who don't sign onto Williams' agreement, which has yet to be written, would be threatened with a limited status in the church.

The New York Times reports some U.S. dioceses may soon leave the communion altogether.

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