Former Episcopal Bishop Disciplined for Refusing Same-Sex Marriages in Diocese to Join Anglican Church

Former Episcopal Bishop Disciplined for Refusing Same-Sex Marriages in Diocese to Join Anglican Church


An Episcopal bishop who was punished by church leadership for refusing to allow same-sex marriages in his diocese said he is leaving the mainline Protestant church on Good Friday and seeking to be received into the Anglican Church in North America.

In a statement Tuesday, William H. Love, the former bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany, New York, announced he wrote to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, “requesting to be released and removed from ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church, effective Good Friday, April 2.”

Love pointed to the difficulties he has experienced maintaining a biblical view of marriage:

As a cradle Episcopalian (with nearly 30 years of ordained ministry as a deacon, priest and bishop), that was not an easy decision, but given all that has transpired these past couple of years and the constraints placed upon me as a theologically conservative and orthodox bishop within TEC,

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