PB Jefferts Schori dodges ecclesiastical bullet in Williams’ Pentecost Message

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By David Virtue
May 30, 2010

In a move designed to sting but not seriously hurt The Episcopal Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury delivered a mild wrist slap against the sexual innovations of TEC’s leadership while insisting that border crossing is of equal concern for the Anglican Communion’s global primates.

Following the consecration of the Rev. Mary Glasspool, an avowed lesbian priest, to TEC’s episcopacy last week in Los Angeles, the ABC, in his Pentecost Day message, urged a diminished role for the Episcopal Church.

In the five-page statement, the archbishop stated provinces, such as the Episcopal Church or national and regional churches that have broken agreed-upon “promises”, such as homosexual ordinations and border crossing, should step down from participating in interfaith dialogues.

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