Saturday, September 24, 2005

The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire, predicts breakup of Anglican Communion

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According to an article on, the Right Reverend V. Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire, has predicted that the Anglican Communion will not be able to solve its current internal problems regarding homosexuality. THe Rt. Rev. V.G. Robinson was made Bishop of New Hampshire and in the course of his election created an international controversy concerning homosexuality in the worldwide Anglican Church. According to the article:
This is at least as much about power and control as it is about theology and Scripture," New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson told The Associated Press in an interview. "It's about who's going to be calling the shots, and who's going to be in and who's going to be out." At stake is how 77 million Anglicans around the world, including 2.3 million members of America's Episcopal Church, define their religion and their relationship to one another. Robinson said he underestimated the opportunity his election gave conservatives to organize within the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion of which it is a part. Until about six months ago, Robinson remained optimistic the Anglican Communion would work through initial outrage over his election to respect the customary right of dioceses to elect the bishop of their choosing. But at a private meeting of American bishops in Los Angeles several months ago, Robinson said, he first sensed what he considers a conservative power grab. Robinson came to discuss reconciliation, he said, but several opponents had a different goal. "I said 'I'm here to talk about how we can live together.' And three or four of them said: 'I'm not here for reconciliation. I'm here to divvy up the property from this divorce,'" he said.
Conservative leaders claim this is not about a power play but rather about two incompatible ways of Church life. To read the full article, click here