Episcopal presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori says some Anglicans who oppose her church's consecration of a gay bishop have made an "idol" out of sexuality.
In a speech to the National Press Club Tuesday, Schori said the homosexual community has had an important voice in the Episcopal Church.
"When I look at the challenges that the gay and lesbian community and their supporters have brought to the church over the past several decades, I have heard a prophetic voice crying that has gathered a community of support, and has asked that community of the whole church to look at its own tradition," she said.
In 2003, the church consecrated its first openly gay bishop. In protest, some 100,000 Episcopalians left the church to form a rival Anglican province in North America.
"The steps taken to form the new Province are a necessary initiative," five of the Anglican archbishops from the Global South said. "A new Province will draw together in unity many of those who wish to remain faithful to the teaching of God's word, and also create the highest level of fellowship possible with the wider Anglican Communion."
Schori disagreed, calling the separation an "oxymoron."
"When there are two bodies in the same place that say they are not in communion with each other then functionally what you've got is two different religious traditions," she said.
Schori is now calling on all members to unite and remember the purpose of the church.
"Help us tell the stories of transformation, of moving toward that hopeful future for which the world hungers," she said.
Source: The Christian Post