The Schism of 2003


ULTIMATUM: The Rt. Rev. James Stanton, Bishop of Dallas, leads prayer at the American Anglican Council convention last week

At the opening of a spirited gathering in Dallas last week that often felt more like a tent revival than the rump caucus of a denomination sometimes known as "God's frozen people," Episcopal Bishop of Pittsburgh Robert Duncan wished Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, "the wisdom of Solomon." Williams, the spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion, will preside this week over a meeting in London that may decide the future of the denomination in the U.S. and around the world, so he can certainly use the good wishes. But what gave Duncan's salutation its special bite was that he specified...

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