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NEWS: Episcopal Church Will Not Cease Its Support for Gay Marriage, Says Bishop Curry

The Reverend Michael Bruce Curry (L) makes
remarks as members of the clergy attend prior to his Installation
ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral, in Washington, November
1, 2015.


The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal
Church has declared that the denomination will not cease its support for
gay marriage despite its three-year suspension by the Anglican Communion last week.

“They heard from me directly that that’s not something that we’re considering,” Bishop Michael Curry told The Associated Press on
Friday, talking about the sanctions imposed on the denomination after
its leaders refused support the biblical definition of marriage. “They
basically understand we made our decision, and this is who we are, and
we’re committed to being a house of prayer for all.” 





At
the same time, however, Curry said he wants to continue working toward
Anglican unity despite the different points of view on the divisive
issue.

“We are loyal members of the Anglican Communion, but we
need to say we must find a better way,” Curry said. “I really believe
it’s part of our vocation.”




Leaders
representing the worldwide Anglican body announced on Thursday that
they are suspending The Episcopal Church, due to its vote in 2015 to
authorize same-sex marriage ceremonies in church.

The Primates explained their decision in a statement: 


“The
traditional doctrine of the Church in view of the teaching of
Scripture, upholds marriage as between a man and a woman in faithful,
lifelong union. The majority of those gathered reaffirm this teaching.



“Recent
developments in The Episcopal Church with respect to a change in their
Canon on marriage represent a fundamental departure from the faith and
teaching held by the majority of our provinces on the doctrine of
marriage. Possible developments in other provinces could further
exacerbate this situation,” they added. 

 Curry admitted in a video statement on
Friday that the outcome of the meeting was not expected, and said that
the Episcopal Church is disappointed — though reminded viewers that the
Anglican Communion is more a “network of relationships” than a system of
structure and organization.



“The truth is, it may be part of our
vocation to help the communion and to help many others to grow in a
direction where we can realize and live the love that God has for all of
us, and we can one day be a Church and a communion where all of God’s
children are fully welcomed, where this is truly a house of prayer for
all people,” Curry added in the statement.



Archbishop Justin
Welby, the leader of the Anglican Communion, said that Episcopalians can
“no longer represent us on ecumenical and interfaith bodies,” however,
and said that the Church will no longer be able to vote or fully
participate in Anglican committees.



Welby insisted that despite the suspension, Anglicans remain committed to battling “homophobic prejudice and violence.”


“For
me, it is a constant source of deep sadness that people are persecuted
for their sexuality,” Welby said at end of the meeting last week



He
expressed “how sorry I am for the hurt and pain in the past and present
that the church has caused and the love sometimes that we have
completely failed to show.”

A leading source of discontent against
the Episcopal Church were African and Asian bishops who said that
moving away from the traditional definition of marriage was unacceptable
and previously threatened to walk out of the meeting if their concerns
were not heard.

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