Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Episcopal Bishops Defer on Gays Issue; Florida Bishop Had Hoped for Moratorium on Consecrating Gay Bishops, Blessing Same-Sex Unions

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Episcopal Bishops Defer on Gays Issue; Florida Bishop Had Hoped for Moratorium on Consecrating Gay Bishops, Blessing Same-Sex Unions

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Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY, The Times-Union

Bishop John Howard returned from Salt Lake City this weekend without the news he wanted to deliver to the Jacksonville-based Episcopal Diocese of Florida.

What Howard wished he could report, he told The Times-Union Monday, was that the bishops of the Episcopal Church USA had approved a moratorium on consecrating openly gay bishops and on the blessing of same-sex unions.

Instead, the House of Bishops issued an apology for the pain caused by the denomination's consecration in 2003 of Eugene Robinson as a bishop in New Hampshire. Robinson lives in an open, committed relationship with another man.

The bishops did discuss the idea of a moratorium, but deferred the matter to their next meeting in March.

"But at least we started talking about it," Howard said.

"I came away with mixed feelings," he said.

The Rev. Sam Pascoe, rector at Grace Church in Orange Park, said the bishops' apology is not enough to assuage conservatives' concerns.

"Regretting the pain is not the same as regretting the action," Pascoe said. "That kind of psychological double-speak is not what the world is looking for."

The Utah meeting was the beginning of the bishops' examination of the Windsor Report, a complex Anglican Communion document issued in October.

It called for the American denomination to repent for and refrain from further promoting openly gay clergy to the rank of bishop.

The report and the commission that wrote it resulted from the national and worldwide outcry by conservatives in the Anglican Communion, the international body of which the Episcopal Church is a part.

Church liberals criticize the Windsor Report as a violation of the communion's tradition of local church autonomy. Conservatives criticize it for failing to address what they see as a clear violation of biblical authority. …

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