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Church of England Veers Toward Schism Over Same-Sex Marriage

Archbishop Justin Welby
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Parishes hint at separating from the church over comments from the Archbishop of Canterbury expressing more liberal views toward same-sex couples.

Local parishes in the U.K. are discussing a separate, "shadow synod" from the Church of England over an increasingly accepting stance toward same-sex marriage.

The Telegraph reports nearly a dozen congregations will gather this week to lay the framework from separating from the national church.

The meeting comes after comments by Archbishop of Canterburry Rev Justin Welby, where he said that the church's treatment of gay and lesbian members kept him up at night.

The dissident bishops are looking to conservative members within the Anglican Communion, particularly overseas, for support in founding an alternative Anglican church.

Conservative bishops, particularly from churches in Africa, have steered the Anglican Communion away from accepting marriage equality. In January, the organization suspended the U.S. Episcopal from full membership for three years over the church's acceptance of both same-sex marriage and openly gay and lesbian priests.

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