NZ Anglicans unlikely to split
The Anglican Church in New Zealand is unlikely to split from the
Anglican communion over the appointment of an openly gay bishop, Gene
Robinson, in the US, despite opposing viewpoints from different
Provinces in the Anglican Church are allowed to operate independently,
but “in communion” with each other, which allows for a diversity
of opinion. In New Zealand, the Nelson diocese has rejected the idea
of gay priests on several occasions, whereas the diocese of Dunedin is
The “communion” of Anglican provinces around the world will be
tested over the next few months, as a recent conference of Anglican
leaders in the UK failed to come to a consensus about gay priests.
A number of provinces worldwide have threatened to break away from the
Church if Robinson’s ordination goes ahead, but a great deal of
these provinces had already declared themselves “out of communion”
for a number of years over the issue of women priests in the Church.