Conservative Nigerian archbishop defied Anglican church leaders and installed a Virginian bishop as leader of a diocese that would allow congregations in the US to leave the Episcopal Church.Ut unum sint indeed!
Before Nigerian Primate Peter Akinolaarrived in the US, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, wrote and asked him to cancel his plans to visit the United States and install Bishop Martyn Minns.
The installation service at a nondenominational Christian event center in Woodbridge, Virginia, was attended by worshippers who have already left the Episcopal Church as well as bishops from Canada, England, the US, Nigeria, and Uganda.
The event is part of the ongoing battle over sexuality, authority and the interpretation of Scripture in the 77 million Anglican Communion.
"Many people have noted that such an action would exacerbate a situation that is already tense," Rosenthal said, "especially as we look forward to the 30 September deadline outlined by the Primates at their meeting in Tanzania and the Archbishop of Canterbury's planned visit to the House of Bishops."
Monday, May 07, 2007
TEC: Schism already?
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