The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that the Anglican Church may split over the acceptance of gay priests.

Last night, Dr. Rowan Williams revealed that the liberal and conservative branches of the church may not be able to reach agreement over gay and lesbian Christians, which could lead to the fragmentation of the Anglican communion.

“Why should we be mortgaged to other people’s prejudices, if we’re liberal, or other people’s irresponsibility, if we’re traditionalist?” Dr. Williams told the Daily Mail. The head of the Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa, Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria, said the Church in Africa will make the decision to either break away or not depending on whether Canterbury, the Church’s headquarters in London, would have acted on their ultimatum. 

The head of the Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa, Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria, said will make the decision to either break away or not depending on whether Canterbury, the Church’s headquarters in London, would have acted on their ultimatum. “We have given the Anglican Church an ultimatum to review the situation and by September we will know whether to continue together or apart,” Akinola said on Thursday. 

The Anglican community, a loose union of national churches representing 77 million faithful around the world, was plunged into crisis after the Episcopal Church (the Anglican Church in the US) ordained a gay bishop in 2003 and Canadian Anglicans started blessing same-sex marriages. 

 

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