Two Anglican bishops are sniping at each other over the issue of fully inclusive affiliation of homosexuals into the Anglican (Episcopaleon) church.
South America’s Archbishop Gregory Venables says he is coming to Vancouver this week-end to give aid and succour to all those Canadian Anglicans who believe homosexuality is condemned by Scripture. At the same time the Anglican primate of Canada, Fred Hiltz, has told the South American prelate to stay at home and not interfere in the internal affairs of the Canadian Church. (The Canadian church does accept homosexuals but a number of Anglican parishes who oppose homosexuals want to break away and have Archbishop Venables as their leader).
During recent years the Anglican Communion (77-million world-wide) has become increasingly fractured over the status of homosexuals. The Canadian and U.S. churches favour full homosexual membership, the far more numerous churches of Africa, Asia , Latin America and the Caribbean are opposed to homosexuals. Between 15 and 20 Canadian congregations and their priests and two retired bishops have left the jurisdiction of the Canadian and have accepted that of Archbishop Venables.
Is it worth splitting the Anglican communion into various factions over the issue of homosexuality?
Isn’t the unity of the church of more importance than homosexuality which was scarcely understood when the Scriptures were written almost 2000 years ago?