"…A LEADING ANGLICAN archbishop has declared that the Anglican Communion has already been split apart by rows over same-sex partnerships and gay clergy.
In a public talk on the deepening crisis enveloping the global communion, Canada’s Anglican Primate, Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, acknowledged that “the communion is, in fact, broken” already because of diametrically differing views on homosexuality.
Archbishop Hutchison’s dramatic admission came last week during an open forum at St James’s Cathedral, Toronto, which addressed the inevitability of a church-wide schism. Speaking before a packed audience of 400, he cited the cancellation of a joint Eucharist at the February gathering of Primates in Dromantine, Northern Ireland. He described the move as symbolic of the state of the communion, which is split over the Canadian Church’s decision to allow the blessing of same-sex unions and the ordination of Gene Robinson, an actively gay bishop in the United States.
The archbishop also indicated that the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) would not automatically accede to the request made in Dromantine that it, along with the Episcopal Church in the United States of America (Ecusa), “voluntarily withdraw” its delegates from the international Anglican Consultative Council until the impasse is resolved. “It’s entirely possible that our Council of General Synod will say: ‘No, this is the most important consultative body of the communion and our presence is enormously important, so we will be attending as invited’,” said the archbishop. He emphasised that the plea to withdraw was a “request” and that “nobody has uninvited us”. The ACC’s General Synod will consider its response at its next session in May…"