An attempt to name an openly homosexual priest as Anglican Bishop of Southwark in England has been foiled by conservatives following the premature revelation of his candidacy, according to reports in the British media. [See who got mad with the foiling of this attempt!]
Dr. Jeffrey John, who lives in a civil union with a man, while claiming to live a chaste life, was rejected after a leak to the media that he was under consideration, provoking a strongly negative response from more conservative Anglicans. It is the second time [Someone really want him to be bishop! Learn who.] his candidacy has been rejected. The first rejection, in 2003, happened under similar circumstances.
Dr. Rowan Williams, the Anglican Communion's leading bishop, was reportedly infuriated by the leak and has launched an investigation to determine who was responsible for it.[TADA!]
The conflict over the abortive appointment of John comes as the Anglican leadership prepares to meet Saturday in a General Synod to discuss another issue of contention in the Anglican Communion: the appointment of female bishops. Female priests are already a cause of bitter division among Anglicans, and for many, female bishops are sufficient reason to terminate their relationship with the Communion. [And the aversion of the Bible and Apostolic Tradition continues!]
Anglican conservatives in Britain, the United States, and other countries have broken communion with their local bishops in recent years over such issues, and in some cases have initiated the process to enter into communion with the Catholic Church. [Thanks to Anglicanorum coetibus!]
An openly homosexual bishop, Gene Robinson, was appointed as bishop of New Hampshire in 2003, and only two months ago an open lesbian, Mary Glasspool, was named suffragan bishop in the diocese of Los Angeles. Both live with their gay lovers. Their appointments have accelerated the process of disintegration in the Anglican Communion. [Thanks to Katherine Jefferts-Schori and Rowan Williams!]
Thanks to Benedict XVI, the Pope of Christian Unity, the doors of Holy Mother Church makes it possible for our Anglican brethren to return to the faithful teachings of Christ!
Now this is true ecumenism! Hear that Cardinal Kasper?