However, it appears that the conservatives within the Episcopal Church, USA, and most Anglicans outside of North America have been unable to accommodate the latest stressor: the growing acceptance of homosexuals -- particularly those in loving, committed relationships -- to full equality within some of the Western provinces of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
In 2003, the Episcopalians confirmed the selection of Bishop Gene Robinson, a gay male in a long-term loving, committed relationship. In 2006, the Episcopal Church, USA committed to a policy of discriminating against gays and lesbians by prohibiting further consecration of gay or lesbian bishops. They revoked the ban in 2009. Most recently, during 2010-MAY, they have consecrated The Rev. Mary Glasspool as an assistant bishop in the Los Angeles diocese.
Organized religions generally have difficulties handling change. The Anglican Communion, which spans the world, seems to have been unable to create a mechanism by which its members and provinces can coexist peacefully even while holding different opinions. In the present case:
Since religious beliefs are greatly affected by culture, both solitudes find much support for their opposite beliefs in the Bible.
Essays on the schism within the Anglican Communion:
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