Has The Episcopal Church Been Penalised For Its Support Of Gay Marriage – Or Not?
by Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today:
Senior members of The Episcopal Church of the United States have said they are “dismayed” by an Anglican Communion report that they did not vote on “doctrine” at a recent meeting
The Episcopal Church, which endorses gay equality, consecrates gay bishops and clergy and allows same-sex marriage.
As a result, the Church had “consequences” imposed on it by Anglican leaders at last January’s primates’ meeting in Canterbury.
These consequences, which the primates insisted were not “sanctions”, included not permitting members of The Episcopal Church to vote on matters of doctrine at Anglican Communion meetings of policy bodies such as the Anglican Consultative Council.
Rosalie Simmonds Ballentine, Ian Douglas and Gay Clark Jennings, who attended the 16th Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Lusaka, Zambia last April on behalf of The Episcopal Church, say in a post on the Episcopal Digital Network that they were dismayed to read on the Anglican Communion News Service “an article that claims we did not vote on matters of doctrine or polity at the most recent meeting of the ACC.”
They state that each one of them attended the entire ACC meeting and voted on every resolution that came before it, including a number that concerned the doctrine and polity of the Anglican Communion.
“As the duly elected ACC members of a province of the Anglican Communion, this was our responsibility and we fulfilled it.”