Franklin Graham took to Facebook to express solidarity with the Anglican Communion’s vote to suspend the Episcopal Church for at least three years following its sanctioning of “same-sex marriage.” He described the vote as a “major scolding” of decisions made that are “contrary to bible,” hoping that they will reverse course and follow “what God’s Word tells us.”
During the three-year sanction, Episcopal leaders will be prohibited from representing the Anglican Communion at meetings with other churches or other faiths, will not sit on internal committees via appointment or election, and will not be allowed to participate in decisions “relating to doctrine or polity” for the Anglican Communion.
The seeds of division were sown between the Episcopal Church and its parent communion since its election of the first openly homosexual bishop, Gene Robinson, in 2003.
Some inconsistency of application of sanctions exists, in that The Anglican Church of Canada has allowed some clergy members to carry out “same-sex marriage,” yet has not been sanctioned by the parent communion.
A statement from the Anglican Communion expresses its views on its division with the Episcopal Church on the issue of marriage, describing “deep differences” resulting from what it describes as a “fundamental departure from the faith and teaching held by the majority of our Provinces.”
The Episcopal Church’s decision to endorse “same-sex marriage” is said to have caused “deep pain throughout our Communion.”
Episcopal Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has stated that he has no intention of reversing his church’s decision on the matter of “same-sex marriage.”
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