Anglican 'flying bishop' rejected in Canada's dispute over same-sex blessings

Posted: Friday, September 13, 2002

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- British Columbia's top Anglican churchman says he will never allow an outside bishop to serve church conservatives who are protesting same-sex blessings.

Archbishop David Crawley said if conservative Anglicans in Vancouver operate under a so-called ''flying bishop'' they would ''effectively cut themselves out of the Anglican Church of Canada.''

Crawley was responding to a visit by four Anglican Communion bishops who traveled from other nations to show support for eight congregations that walked out of a June meeting where delegates approved blessings of same-sex unions.

The visitors said the Canadian dispute would be raised at the Sept. 15-25 meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council in Hong Kong.

Vancouver's Bishop Michael Ingham had called the visit ''inflammatory,'' but met the foreigners and said through a spokesman the talks were cordial.

Ingham told local conservatives they could seek pastoral services from a ''visiting bishop'' from elsewhere in Canada, but the protesters want a bishop with full authority.

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