Magazine article The Christian Century

Griswold Invites Critics to U.S. to Talk with Gays

Magazine article The Christian Century

Griswold Invites Critics to U.S. to Talk with Gays

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Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold of the Episcopal Church has invited eight overseas Anglican leaders who have criticized his church's stance on homosexuals to visit the U.S. and talk with gays and bishops who support them. The pointed invitation, in a March 19 letter, came in response to a late February letter from the Anglican leaders expressing "sorrow and disappointment" that the Episcopal Church in the U.S. remains "at variance" with the stance of an antigay resolution adopted last summer at the Lambeth Conference, the worldwide gathering of Anglican bishops.

The resolution, which was urged on the conference principally by bishops from Africa, said abstinence is the only possibility "for those not called to marriage" and that the church cannot ordain gays or bless same-sex marriages. Opponents came largely from North America and Europe. "Some [U.S. bishops] even appear to repudiate resolutions before they are fully published," the overseas church leaders said. …

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