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      This press release comes from the Institute for Religion and Democracy.



      March 17, 2010
      Contact: <mailto:kseda@...> Kristen Seda 202-682-4131, 202-413-5639
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      PRESS RELEASE



      Episcopal Church Approves Lesbian Bishop



      "Glasspool's election is the next step in the Episcopal Church's
      liberalizing trajectory."
      -Jeff Walton, Director of IRD's Anglican Action Program



      Washington, DC-A controversial candidate for bishop in the U.S. Episcopal
      Church has received the necessary approval, according to the Episcopal
      Diocese of Los Angeles. Following her December election, the Rev. Canon Mary
      Glasspool of Baltimore needed to obtain consent from a majority of bishops
      and diocesan standing committees.

      Glasspool will become the first partnered openly lesbian bishop in the
      worldwide Anglican Communion if she is installed as scheduled on May 15.

      After the partnered openly homosexual Gene Robinson was installed as
      Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire in 2003, bodies of the worldwide Anglican
      Communion warned the Episcopal Church not to repeat the action. It observed
      a moratorium on consecration of non-celibate homosexual bishops for a time,
      but lifted the moratorium at last year's General Convention.

      Jeff Walton, Director of IRD's Anglican Action Program, commented:

      "Glasspool's election is unfortunate because she has unapologetically taken
      sexual expression outside of the God-ordained boundary of Holy Matrimony. In
      the view of the wider Anglican Communion, this practice makes her
      unqualified to serve in the role of a bishop.

      "Glasspool's election is the next step in the Episcopal Church's
      liberalizing trajectory. After revoking a moratorium on the consecration of
      non-celibate homosexual bishops during its July General Convention, the
      denomination made clear that it was going to proceed on this route, despite
      protests from other Anglicans.

      "Consent to Glasspool's election by the Episcopal Church shows how little
      the U.S.-based denomination cares about what other parts of the global
      Anglican Communion believe.

      "The majority of the Episcopal Church is increasingly practicing a separate
      faith than what most worldwide Anglicans practice.

      "Glasspool's election and consecration comes at the same time as the
      Episcopal Church reports steep declines in attendance. Interestingly, the
      traditionalist Anglican Church in North America (AC-NA) has added 100 new
      congregations since July."




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