Episcopalian Bishop Looks to Block Split

May 2, 2007

Episcopalian Bishop Katharine Schori has asked that Anglican Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola end his support of the breakaway of several Episcopalian churches in Virginia.

Schori has asked Akinola not to proceed with the installation of Bishop Martyn Minns as head of the Convocation of Anglicans in North America or CANA.

Schori says the installation would hurt the reconciliation effort between Anglican church and the more than two million Episcopalians in the United States.

CANA, a Fairfax-based organization, was created by 11 Episcopalian congregations in Virginia after members voted to leave the Episcopal church over doctrinal issues, including the ordination of homosexual clergy.

Minns says that CANA now has as many as 35 churches. Lawsuits over church property are now pending in Virginia courts. Minns installation is set for Saturday at the non-denominational Hylton Memorial Chapel in Woodbridge.

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