Anglican Leaders Seek Extended Moratorium on Gay Bishops

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (AP) - Leaders of the world Anglican Communion
want its churches to continue a temporary ban on consecrating
openly gay bishops and writing prayers for gay unions.

The Anglican leaders made the request Thursday at a meeting in the Egyptian city of Alexandria.

An Anglican advisory panel also raised deep concerns about a
North American province sought by theological conservatives to
rival the Episcopal Church, and called for mediation to
re-establish trust.

The moratorium on gay bishops was first requested five years ago to avoid a global split over the election of the first openly gay Anglican bishop, New Hampshire's Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson.

Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said the Anglican appeal for "gracious restraint" will have to be discussed at the church's General Convention in July.

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