Episcopal Church's leader urges patience upon bishops on eve of meeting

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2004

NEW YORK (AP) The leader of the Episcopal Church is asking U.S. bishops to ignore ''speculation and rumors'' and await with ''ready patience'' a key international report on Anglican churches' ongoing dispute over homosexuality.

Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold wrote the letter in advance of a bishops' meeting that runs through Tuesday in Spokane, Wash. A special commission of the international Anglican Communion is due to report Oct. 18 in response to such events as the Episcopal Church's consecration of an openly gay bishop.

One commission member quoted by Griswold, Archbishop Barry Morgan of Wales, said the panel faced these questions: ''How do we make decisions as a communion? How do we govern our common life? What means do we have for either consultation or restraint?''

Griswold said Episcopalians and other Anglicans must learn how to live together ''in all our singularity and difference'' and ''enter into one another's realities in all their unfamiliarity and complexity, which involves a very real cost on all sides.''

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