NEW YORK (AP) — An Episcopal Church report says the denomination should not try to set a policy on ceremonies to bless homosexual couples because "we are nowhere near consensus."
Many have expected authorization of such blessings to be the hottest issue at the church's convention this summer in Minneapolis.
At the 2000 church convention, clergy and lay delegates narrowly defeated approval of same-sex blessings. The bishops did not address the issue, referring it to a committee of bishops and theologians.
The ideologically diverse committee's new report summarizes the two sides of the "intense disagreement." It pleads for unity and continuing reflection.
The report does not oppose ordinations of actively homosexual priests but asks local bishops to "be respectful" of the ways their actions affect others. Some liberal bishops have approved gay ordinations and same-sex union ceremonies.