Conservatives Form Alternative to Episcopal Church

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) - Theological conservatives alienated by the
liberal views of U.S. Episcopalians and Canadian Anglicans have
formed a rival North American province.

The announcement in Wheaton, Illinois, is the latest development in a long-developing rift over the Bible that erupted when Episcopalians consecrated the first openly gay bishop.

The new North American Anglican province includes four breakaway
Episcopal dioceses, many individual parishes in the U.S. and
Canada, and Anglican splinter groups that broke off years ago.

It's unprecedented for a new Anglican national province to be
created where two national churches already exist. But traditionalists say the new group represents the true historic tradition of Anglican Christianity and is vital to counter what they consider policies that violate Scripture.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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