25 July 2006
For immediate release
Church Society has called on the
heads of the 38 provinces of the Anglican Communion to take steps to break
formally with the Episcopal Church of the United States (ECUSA).
Following the appointment of an actively homosexual man as a Bishop in the
US the Primates rebuked ECUSA and called them to show clear signs that they
regretted this action and will not repeat it.
At the recent ECUSA
General Convention it became clear that they have no intention
of turning back from the course they have taken.
With the Primates due to meet early next year it is imperative that action
is now taken. Since the Anglican Communion is a loose affiliation of national
or provincial churches rather than a monolithic structure it is important that
action taken is appropriate.
In line with Biblical teaching and historic Christian practice Church Society
has called on the Primates to formally break fellowship with ECUSA.
There is within ECUSA a large minority
opposed to the errors of their church and many more who have themselves separated
from ECUSA because of error. Therefore it is important to embrace these dioceses,
churches and denominations within the Communion.
Text of the letter
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