WASHINGTON (AP) - 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.
Disagreements over homosexuality and the Bible have prompted many Episcopalians to leave the denomination and begin forming a rival Anglican province in North America.
But Jefferts Schori told the National Press Club that church tradition doesn't recognize separate Anglican denominations in the same geographical area.
She added that Christians who insist on a Biblical standard for marriage overlook Solomon's many wives and the children born of the patriarchs' concubines.
Jefferts Schori said other Episcopal leaders complain that the church only makes the front page with stories about either sex or schism, and "preferably both."
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