California Diocese Breaks With Episcopal Church in Rift Over Role of Gays

By: By JORDAN ROBERTSON
By: By JORDAN ROBERTSON

An Episcopal diocese in central California on Saturday became the first in the U.S. to split with the national denomination over disagreements about the role of gays and lesbians in the church.

Clergy and lay members of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin voted 173-22 at their annual convention to remove all references to the national denomination from the diocese's constitution, according to diocese spokeswoman Joan Gladstone.

In a later vote, the diocese accepted an invitation to join a conservative South American congregation of the Worldwide Anglican Communion.

The decision marked the latest episode in a conservative-liberal rift that has spanned decades and is almost certain to spark a court fight over control of the diocese's multimillion-dollar real estate holdings and other assets.

The head of the U.S. denomination had warned Bishop John-David
Schofield of the Fresno-based diocese against secession.

"I do not intend to threaten you, only to urge you to reconsider and draw back from this trajectory," Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, head of the U.S. denomination, wrote in a letter to Schofield earlier this week.

Schofield responded that the Episcopal Church "has isolated itself from the overwhelming majority of Christendom and more specifically from the Anglican Communion by denying Biblical truth and walking apart from the historic Faith and Order."

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-12-08-07 1450EST


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
KOLO-TV 4850 Ampere Drive Reno, NV 89502
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 12279876 - kolotv.com/a?a=12279876