The meeting of Anglican Church leaders in Canterbury this week has resulted in the banning of the American branch of the church from various decision making and ecumenical meetings of the communion.
The decision was made during a four-day meeting of 39 Anglican leaders from around the world, after the US Anglican church was deemed too liberal for allowing same-sex marriage and ordaining an openly gay bishop. It was thought that the church could permanently split over the issue.
A statement said that the church should “no longer represent us on ecumenical and interfaith bodies, should not be appointed or elected to an internal standing committee and that while participating in the internal bodies of the Anglican Communion, they will not take part in decision making on any issues pertaining to doctrine or polity”.
Anglican leaders in Canterbury said the Episcopal Church’s approval of gay marriage was “a fundamental departure from the faith and teaching” of the majority of Anglicans.
The American church will be banned from meetings for three years.