From the Telegraph:
The Rev Mary Glasspool will become Assistant Bishop of Los Angeles in a “grand event” taking place at a 13,500-seat arena on the Californian coast.
Her appointment is being made despite warnings from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, about the “serious questions” it will raise for the 80 million-strong Anglican Communion.
It is being viewed by traditionalists as another “provocative” move by the ultra-liberal Episcopal Church of the USA in “defiance” of pleas not to go against tradition and Scripture by ordaining homosexual bishops.
The Communion was first driven to the brink of schism over sexuality in 2003 when the Episcopal Church, the official Anglican province of the USA, consecrated the first openly homosexual bishop, the Rt Rev Gene Robinson.
Since then hundreds of orthodox American clergy and congregations have joined other provinces or formed breakaway movements, triggering bitter legal battles over the ownership of church property.
There have been repeated official calls for both sides to desist from further actions that would worsen the divide, but last year the Episcopal Church vowed to continue ordaining homosexual clergy despite a personal plea from the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Dr Williams said last year that the proposed consecration of Miss Glasspool “raises very serious questions not just for the Episcopal Church and its place in the Anglican Communion but for the Communion as a whole”.
However she will be made an Assistant Bishop on Saturday afternoon at the Long Beach Arena, by the Most Rev Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.
The “grand event in the life of the Diocese of Los Angeles” will feature “music and dance highlighting the cultural diversity of our diocesan community” while lay guests have been told to wear “Sunday Best / festive native dress”.
Miss Glasspool, formerly a Canon in the Diocese of Maryland who has been with her female partner since 1988, will become the first woman bishop in Los Angeles along with the Rev Diane Bruce.
Earlier this week evangelical groups in the Church of Ireland said in a statement: “The elevation to senior church leadership of a person whose lifestyle is contrary to the will of God revealed in Scripture is both wrong and disappointing.”
They said the “provocative step” shows a “deliberate disregard” for rest of the Anglican Communion and constitutes a “clear rejection” of calls for restraint made by official bodies in recent years.
A communiqué issued by the Global South – Anglican provinces in the developing world – has called on the Episcopal Church to express “genuine repentance” for its “defiance” in the consecration.
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And from the BBC:
The Episcopal Church in the US is set to go ahead with the controversial ordination of an openly lesbian bishop.
Saturday's ordination comes despite warnings from the Archbishop of Canterbury that it will deepen an already bitter dispute on sexuality.
Canon Mary Glasspool, 56, will become an assistant bishop in Los Angeles, the first openly gay US bishop since Gene Robinson seven years ago.
Since then the Anglican Communion has been on course for a permanent split.
The election of Mary Glasspool - who has been with her partner Becki for 22 years - represented a snub by the liberal Episcopal Church to other Anglican Churches around the world.
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams had urged the American Church not to proceed with the ordination, warning that it would further alienate traditionalists who believe active homosexuality to be a sin.
It is likely to accelerate the gradual marginalisation of the Episcopal Church within a two-tier Communion and increase tensions between Anglicans elsewhere.
The Communion has never recovered from the crisis prompted by the election in New Hampshire of Gene Robinson as its first openly gay bishop in November 2003.
The Episcopal Church at first agreed to suspend the creation of gay bishops but reversed that decision last July.
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