Episcopalians Reaction

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Conservatives in the Episcopal Church are weighing their next move following the election of the church's first openly gay bishop.

The American Anglican Council is planning a meeting in Texas in October to decide what it'll do next. The group represents conservative Episcopalians.

The Episcopal Church is the US branch of the Anglican Communion, which has 77 million members worldwide.

Conservative Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh is calling on his colleagues around the world to intervene in what he calls a "pastoral emergency." He's also appealing to Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion.

Williams has sent out a statement saying it's too soon to judge the impact of the Reverend Gene Robinson's confirmation. He's asking conservatives not to act rashly.

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