Sydney Anglican Bishops lament appointment of gay bishop in UK
Archbishop Peter Jensen and the five regional bishops of the Diocese of Sydney have released a statement on the "crisis in the Anglican Communion". They refer to the appointment of a gay activist to be Bishop of Reading in the UK, the blessing of same sex unions in the Diocese of New Westminster, Canada, and the election of the Rev Gene Robinson, a clergyman living in a homosexual relationship, to be a bishop in New Hampshire Diocese, USA.
The Sydney bishops say these developments "have created a tragic disruption of fellowship and led to a watershed in relationships within the Communion," and they emphasise that those who support them cannot be welcomed into the Diocese of Sydney.
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24 Jun 2003