Source: The Christian Science Monitor
On October 19, 2004 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "An international commission to head off schism in the global body representing 77 million Anglicans has taken unprecedented steps in what it calls 'a pilgrimage towards healing and reconciliation.' The commission, in a report released Monday, strongly rebuked the Episcopal Church, the US arm of Anglicanism, for consecrating a gay bishop, and called for an apology and commitment to refrain from any such future action. It also proposed a new covenant that would have all Anglican churches commit to a shared understanding of basic teachings and the ties that bind them together. The report also called for apologies from conservative bishops in Africa and elsewhere who have begun forming relationships across geographic boundaries with Episcopalians alienated from the actions of their US church leadership."