Monday, August 03, 2009

L.A. Episcopal Church Nominates Homosexuals to be Bishops

Just weeks after the ECUSA denomination voted to promote homosexuality in its clergy ranks, church leaders in Los Angeles have moved to bless an openly homosexual man and an open lesbian to be elevated to bishop. In contrast, Christians choose to exit the denomination.

-- From "L.A. Episcopal leaders nominate 2 openly gay, lesbian priests as bishops" by Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer 8/2/09

The nominations of the Rev. John L. Kirkley of San Francisco and the Rev. Canon Mary Douglas Glasspool of a Baltimore-based diocese are likely to further inflame theological conservatives in the U.S. church and their global partners in the Anglican Communion, who have repeatedly warned about the repercussions of such action.

The Diocese of Los Angeles, which represents 70,000 Episcopalians in six counties, is widely regarded as one of the most liberal in the U.S. church of 2.1 million members. Its bishop, the Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno, is an outspoken advocate of gays rights in the church.

U.S. church leaders had promised to exercise restraint before consecrating additional gay bishops in the aftermath of that contentious move. But they reversed course at their convention in Anaheim last month, voting overwhelmingly to open "any ordained ministry" to gays and lesbians. They also agreed to consider rites of blessing for same-sex couples.

The action in Los Angeles followed a similar decision Saturday by leaders in the Diocese of Minnesota, who nominated a partnered lesbian as bishop. The Rev. Bonnie Perry is rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Chicago and an adjunct professor at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill. Her longtime partner is a priest in the church.

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