DENVER (AP) -- Four priests have quit their Colorado parishes since July 15 to start new congregations under a conservative mission that views the Episcopal Church as too liberal, in particular on homosexuality.
Jan Nunley, a spokeswoman at Episcopal Church headquarters in New York City, said the national denomination doesn't know how many priests have joined the new mission and hasn't decided what to do about them.
The Coloradans are aligned with two Americans consecrated as U.S. missionary bishops by overseas Anglicans. Charles Murphy, head of the First Promise organization, serves under the archbishop of Rwanda, and John Rodgers of the Association of Anglican Congregations on Mission reports to the archbishop in Singapore.
The bishops' consecrations are considered illicit by the Episcopal Church and the head of the worldwide Anglican Communion, Archbishop of Canterbury George L. Carey.
On the Net:
First Promise: www.firstpromise.org; Association of Anglican Congregations on Mission: http://home.flash.net/(tilde)aacom
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