Anglican Archbishops Discipline U.S. Episcopal Church Over Gay Marriages

By Laurie Goodstein and Kimko De Freytas-Tamura

After 13 years of rancor over conflicting views on homosexuality, the archbishops of the Anglican Communion have voted to impose sanctions for three years on the Episcopal Church, the American branch of the Communion, for its decision last summer to allow clergy to perform same-sex marriages, church officials said Thursday. The Anglican Communion, with about 85 million members in 165 countries, is the world’s third-largest body of churches after the Catholic and Orthodox churches. It has its roots in the Church of England, whose missionaries planted churches around the world. [link]

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