Tags: gay | bishop | retire | gene | robinson

First Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop to Retire

Sunday, 07 Nov 2010 09:56 AM

 

BOSTON (Reuters) - Gene Robinson, whose consecration as the U.S. Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop opened a deep rift in the worldwide Anglican Communion, said Saturday he planned to retire in 2013.

Robinson's election as bishop of New Hampshire in 2003 led some conservative Episcopalians to form their own church and stoked a backlash among Anglican churches in regions such as Africa.

In remarks to the New Hampshire Diocese's annual convention that were posted on its website, Robinson, 63, said the strains of the controversy surrounding his role figured in his decision.

"The fact is, the last seven years have taken their toll on me, my family and you," he said. "Death threats, and the now-worldwide controversy surrounding your election of me as bishop, have been a constant strain."

"While I believe that these attitudes, mostly outside the Diocese, have not distracted me from my service to you, I would be less than honest if I didn't say that they have certainly added a burden and certain anxiety to my episcopate," added Robinson.

He said he gave early notice of his plans to smooth the transition to his eventual successor.

In May, the 2 million-member Episcopal Church, the U.S. branch of the Anglican Communion, ordained a second gay bishop, Mary Douglas Glasspool in Los Angeles, despite a request by the Communion not to do so. Robinson gave the opening prayer at the January 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama.

The Communion's leaders are seeking to avoid a global schism in the body that has 80 million members in more than 160 countries. The Anglican Communion is the third-largest Christian denomination in the world, after the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox churches.

© 2015 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Survey Says ... Americans Really Hate the Federal Government

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 20:25 PM

Americans are more dissatisfied than ever with their federal government, and it's not just the dreaded IRS inducing reco . . .

Rasmussen Poll: 52 Percent Say Patriots Used Deflated Footballs

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 20:02 PM

Fifty-two percent of Americans planning to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday said the New England Patriots used deflated th . . .

WSJ: DEA Received Proposal to Spy Near Gun Shows

Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 19:59 PM

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) received a proposal to collect license plate numbers around gun shows in 2009, . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved