A long time coming, Anglican conservatives—we call them Episcopalians in the States—voted today for a mini-split from the Anglican Communion. Technically, they will remain within the church, but will not submit to the authority of a council of African bishops and not the Archbishop of Canterbury. The reason, as we’ve discusses before, is differing opinions on the righteousness of homosexuality.
The announcement came at the close of an unprecedented meeting of Anglican conservatives in Jerusalem, who contend that they represent a majority of the 77 million members of the Anglican Communion.
They depicted their efforts as the culmination of an anti-colonial struggle against the church’s seat of power in Great Britain, whose missionaries first brought Anglican Christianity to the developing world. The conservatives say many of the descendants of those Anglican missionaries in Britain and North America are now following what they call a “false gospel” that allows a malleable, liberal interpretation of Scripture.
The New York Times has the story, quoted above, and Ruth Gledhill of the Times of London has the statement from the conservative faction, posted after the jump.