The issue is in the air since a meeting of the leaders of the communion's 38 national churches on Monday in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. A communique was issued giving the Episcopalian Church in the United States until Sept. 30 to renounce its acceptance of gay priests and same-sex marriages or face undisclosed repercussions.
Bishop Steven Charleston, president of the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., told the Post he viewed the mandate as an opportunity rather than a burden.
"Yes, I would accept schism. I would be willing to accept being told I'm not in communion with places like Nigeria if it meant I could continue to be in a position of justice and morality," Charleston said. "If the price I pay is that I'm not considered to be part of a flawed communion, then so be it."
The U.S. church's presiding bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori, signed the communique but has not explained her rationale to other bishops, the Post said.
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